Swansea boss Rodgers hails ‘magnificent’ performance against Norwich City
Swansea chief Brendan Rodgers wants his men to keep on making sweet music in their push for Championship promotion.
The deep-thinking Irishman added a lyrical postcript to his side's comprehensive 3-0 win over the Canaries, which blew the race for automatic promotion wide open.
'I said to the boys we have to be like an orchestra, if one of us is out of tune, it doesn't sound right, because we have to be one group going into these final matches,' he said. 'I thought tactically we were great and we rounded off with good goals. We knew at half-time they would come at us and that is why we said to the players for the first ten, 15 minutes we have to be strong. When they threw the boy (Sam) Vokes on they went a little bit more direct so we had to deal with that as well and we went three at the back just to try and shore it up.
'It was pleasing to keep a clean sheet against a good side because we had to dig in and you know that is always the case against good sides.'
Rodgers was fully briefed on the latest Championship dynamic going into Saturday's early evening contest at The Liberty Stadium.
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'I was aware of the results before we kicked off but there was no concern to me,' he said. 'You can only control your own destination. It was important to get the win but to get three goals and a clean sheet is magnificent against a team who are a top, top side with a very good manager. It gives us 69 points, which is the same number as the team had last season in relation to this amount of games.
'The team have beaten some good sides at home this season and the role of the supporters has also been critical, the ambiance in the ground was magnificent. To go to six games left and have only conceded nine goals at home is some achievement. I haven't been happy with the form away from home because if we want to be a top side you have to do it home and away. But they are an honest, humble bunch and this is a long term process.'
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Rodgers has used his coaching connections with Chelsea to entice another blossoming talent to south Wales in young striker Fabio Borini.
The Italian curled a sublime free kick past John Ruddy to open the scoring and was a constant menace to the Canaries' backline before making way for the more muscular presence of Ipswich loanee Tamas Priskin.
'He was great,' said Rodgers. 'I think he has worked on that sort of technique from free kicks at Chelsea and since he has come to us and it was great to see it pay off. He has goals in him but like I said when he first came he is very unique as a number nine because he also wants to work for the side and for a boy just turned 20 to come and make that physical impact is superb.
'He is just what we needed at this stage. I thought he was outstanding up front for us and then we can stick big Tamas in that hole and know he'll hold the ball up. He is good on the ball, works both sides and you have to have someone who is diligent.'