Pratley Looks To Continue The Good Start

Friday, 12 September 2008, 10:57
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A fortnight away from action has given the former Fulham man the chance to recharge his batteries a little and he is now ready to spring back into action tomorrow when the Swans travel to Crystal Palace.

The Swans lie in 7th place in the early Championship table and Pratley has played a huge part in that with his energetic displays from midfield which have seen him earn rave reviews as well as a new contract with the Swans.

And it is that platform from which he wants to build and he told the Western Mail “I wouldn’t really say this is my best start to a season, I am a team player and the focus has always been on a team game.

“Yes I have had two man-of-the-match awards so far. But next week I could get a really bad rating in the press instead.

“If we win and I play well then it’s not as if I go out and drink champagne. And if we lose I don’t go home and cry.

“So I don’t really get carried away with being man-of-the-match or anything people say. It’s a team game and the team is playing well at the moment so I am happy.”

He continued: “It’s still early doors but we are seventh in the league and we have to be happy with how we have acquitted ourselves in the Championship. If we can keep playing the way we are, I think we will be fine this season.

“Personally it’s been good so far as well and I just need to keep playing well. Now I need to try and get a few goals and do my bit for the team in that respect.

“You could say that the change of role puts more pressure on me to score goals,” he said. “But everyone likes to score and I am no different.

“Because I’m the furthest forward there is probably more onus on me to score than the other two central midfielders. But I don’t mind because it allows me to get forwards more and that suits my style of play.

“I’m enjoying it at the moment. And I think my future might lie with the more attacking role."

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