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Thursday 10 May 2012

Graham wants Swansea to finish with flourish

Striker says Swans are motivated by the chance to finish as high as 10th

Swansea striker Graham has scored 11 goals in his first Barclays Premier League season

Swansea City top scorer Danny Graham insists his team have plenty of motivation as they prepare for the final game of a dazzling debut season in the Barclays Premier League.

The Swans host Liverpool at the Liberty Stadium on Sunday knowing a win could lift them as high as 10th.

"That would be absolutely incredible for us," Graham told Swansea's official website.

"I know people will say that we've guaranteed our spot in the league for next season and now we can relax, but I can tell you that there'll be no relaxing in this squad."

Graham, who signed from Watford last summer, has scored 11 goals in his first season in the Barclays Premier League but one of the highlights for the 26-year-old was the team being applauded off the pitch at Anfield after a 0-0 draw in November.

"Not many people gave us a chance in this league but we have proved them wrong"
- Danny Graham

"That was a fantastic result," he said. "We've picked up some massive results since then, and to claim another big scalp like Liverpool would round off the season for us."

Swansea have relied on a strong home record, losing only four games at the Liberty Stadium where they have recorded famous wins over Manchester City and Arsenal.

Their stylish passing game has also earned them support from many neutrals.

A first win over Liverpool since 1982 would guarantee Swansea finish highest of the three promoted teams. The Welsh club are currently 12th and level on points with Norwich City, but have a much better goal difference.

"Not many people gave us a chance in this league but we have proved them wrong, not only with our position but with belief in our style,” Graham said.

"On a personal note, I'm delighted to have reached double figures in the Premier League. It's a really tough league with some of the best defenders in the world.

"So to get 11 league goals and two in the cup is something I'm really pleased with. But I want to finish the season on a scoring note, so hopefully I'll be among the goals on Sunday."

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Key Points

  • Swansea City can finish as high as 10th if they beat Liverpool on Sunday
  • Danny Graham has scored 11 goals in his first Premier League season
  • Swans can end season as highest promoted club