Rodgers lauds players’ mentality

The Swans have lost just one of their eight games on home turf so

far this season, the sole reverse coming in the form of a 1-0

defeat to Premier League champions Manchester United. That record

has been underpinned by the best defensive home record in the top

flight. Swansea have conceded just two goals in those eight games,

one of which was an own goal from striker Danny Graham in the 3-1

win over Bolton. But that excellent home record is in stark

contract to an away record which has yet to yield a win. The latest

disappointment on Swansea’s travels was last Wednesday’s 1-0 defeat

at Everton, but Rodgers has praised his players for not allowing

their struggles away from the Liberty Stadium to impact on their

displays in front of their own fans. “It shows the strength of the

group in terms of their mentality,” said the Northern Irishman.

“There’s no doubt across the year it has not been outstanding away

from home. But no matter how your away form develops for you, you

can still have success. “We weren’t overly outstanding last year

but we got the success and achieved the objective we set out to

achieve. It is the same idea this year. “Look at Manchester United,

their away form wasn’t great last year but they had excellent home

form and won the title. “As long as we pick up points it does not

matter if they come home or away. “We have the players with the

mentality to win home or away, and the results will come away from

home. “For any team at this level to have conceded only two goals

at home at Christmas is a hell of an achievement, to do it as a

newly-promoted side is an even greater one. “There’s no doubt there

will be that respect for what we have done at home and we are

looking forward to continuing that into 2012.” Tonight’s clash will

see both sides desperate to pick up three points to give them some

breathing space from the foot of the table. Swansea have won just

one of their last seven league games, while QPR have lost three on

the bounce. But Rodgers does not feel Rs boss Neil Warnock has any

need to be too concerned just yet, and is wary of the visitors’

away record, which has seen them claim three victories. “They have

invested quite a bit, but Neil’s a very experienced manager and he

will know at this stage there is no panic,” he said. “They will be

confident going into the game because of their away record,

likewise us because of our home record. “They’ve spent some money

and got some players in that they hope will help them stay in the

league.”