Tate Ready For Busy Times

Tuesday, 17 August 2010, 7:11
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The Swansea City vice captain saw the side keep their first league clean sheet of the season on Saturday as they tore Preston apart with a four goal display that underlined their attacking intent.

And Tate says that he is ready to be busier at the back this season because of that more open attacking style but is relishing the challenge that brings.

“As always, the plan is to score goals and keep clean sheets,” Tate told the Western Mail.

“But I think it’s clear we have changed the mentality to be a more attack-minded and, as a result, we will concede more goals, or at least concede more opportunities for other sides.

“It’s about balance and it’s not about being gung-ho but we are pushing forward a bit more and it will leave us exposed at times.

“But the fans weren’t happy with the negative football at times last year and hopefully they can see we are trying to redress that and get behind us.

“We are going to concede more chances so it’s about making sure we get people in the right positions at the other end when we do break to punish teams.

“And we know we have players at the back who have been together for a long time and know each others’ games so we can stay strong when the time comes.

“We are going to be more open, especially at home,” he said.

“Away might be a bit different, but at home it’s something we have to do because not many teams come to the Liberty looking to be adventurous.

“They come looking for the point and leave us to break them down, something we’re trying to make sure we do.”

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