Swansea City manager Garry Monk has told the South Wales Evening Post where he feels his team slip away from being at their best.
The boss has been left full of praise for the way the defence has felt a responsibility to keep a clean sheet in big games.
He’s deduced that when the side forgets about that responsibility, they have been under pressure and nowhere near their best.
“We've had nine clean sheets and we want more. To have nine is pleasing, but that is what you need when you're faced with the quality of some of the sides in this league,” said the boss.
“I think the time when we go away from that responsibility is when we've suffered and probably not performed.”
The importance of keeping clean sheets for the Swans is extremely important because it takes the pressure away from the attack.
Any side that can keep a clean sheet makes the job of their attack easier because they then just have to take one half chance to get the team over the winning line.
Monk’s comments are encouraging because they suggest he’s branded responsible jobs into a key area of his team.
He’s made the defence aware of how important they are for their teammates and the success of the side moving forward, which should ensure they raise their performance levels in big games.
Swansea are currently four points away from the top eight and nine points away from the top six, which suggests they have everything to play for over the rest of the season.