Swansea City's Michel Vorm targeting new year wins
MICHEL Vorm reckons Swansea City can ring in the new year by taking a giant stride towards securing their Premier League future in 2013.
Swansea are ten points clear of the relegation zone at the halfway stage in the top-flight campaign.
And with fixtures against two out-of-form sides to come in the next five days, Vorm believes Michael Laudrup's men have a chance to boost their bid to improve on last season's 11th-place finish.
Swansea take on a Fulham side who have won only one of their last 11 games at Craven Cottage tomorrow before hosting lowly Aston Villa on New Year's Day.
And Vorm said: "It's an important period for us and although we have quite a lot of points, if we can win the next two games or at least one of the two we're almost there.
"If you look at the gap between us and the rest at the bottom it's quite big already.
"I hope we can manage to play some good games in the next few fixtures and get some points.
"We're ahead of where we were last season and that shows where we are going and where we want to go.
"We progress every year.
"Everybody told me the second year is the toughest, but we are trying to get established as a Premier League club and nobody talks about Swansea to go down this year.
"They talk about us as a good team who maybe can still surprise.
"First and foremost the most important thing is to get to 40 points and then we will see where it ends."
Swansea are sweating on the fitness of Michu after their leading scorer limped off at Reading on Boxing Day with a swollen ankle.
But they are hopeful that Pablo Hernandez, another of their star performers in attack this season, will make his long-awaited return from a thigh problem during the holiday period.
And there is also a chance that Angel Rangel will be back in contention at Fulham after a calf strain.
Vorm has just come off the injured list himself after two months out with torn groin muscle.
And having conceded only once in games against Manchester United and Reading, the Dutch international is feeling at home again in the Swansea goal.
"I almost forgot I was away which is strange because eight weeks is a long time," Vorm added.
"I have played only two games but I have already forgotten the injury and that's a good thing.
"I missed playing a lot while I was out and it feels good to be back out there.
"I love being out there and I kept a clean sheet at Reading, which is important for the team and me."
Vorm had Chico Flores to thank for his shut-out at the Madejski after the Spaniard nodded Adam Le Fondre's late volley off the line.
And he feels Flores's centre-back partnership with Ashley Williams has improved while he has been on the sidelines.
"I think they've come together better because they know each other more — but also because Chico understands more English!" Vorm said.
"You have to realise how many new players we have who have to get used to one another.
"At the back we have Ben (Davies), Dwight (Tiendalli) and Chico, but still we play well and have clean sheets."