Swansea seeking bonus points
Gower ready for next test on the road for Premier League debutants
Last Updated: 23/09/11 10:04pm
Mark Gower knows any points Swansea can take from Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday will be a huge bonus in his club's debut Premier League campaign.
The Swans travel to London in buoyant mood having claimed their maiden Premier League win with a convincing 3-0 triumph over West Brom at the Liberty Stadium last weekend.
But Brendan Rodgers' side face a very different prospect this weekend against the likes of John Terry, Frank Lampard, Juan Mata and Fernando Torres.
The trip to the Bridge is the latest testing away fixture for the South Wales club, having visited Manchester City and Arsenal in their first two games on the road.
And while the Swans were unfortunate not to get a draw at the Emirates, being denied by a rare error from keeper Michel Vorm, Gower knows it is their home form that will ultimately determine whether they remain in the top flight, meaning any points picked up on the road against the division's top sides will provide a major boost.
He said: "We know our home form is key to this season, we have to perform and get the majority of our points at home, but we need to go to Chelsea and play for the win, and if we can't get the win we need to try and get something from the game.
"There is a league within a league and these top three or four teams are class teams. If you can pick up points from them, it's a bonus point. That's what we are after, those bonus points.
"We need to go there and play the way we can, and if we do that, we know we will get a lot of ball, create chances and hopefully score some goals.
"We have learned we can compete at this level. They are world-class players, but they are only human. The Arsenal game showed that, we very unlucky not to come away with something.
"We can take heart from that, and the win on Saturday gave us even more confidence that we can dominate games in the Premier League.
"It's nice to play these teams but it's also nice to get them out of the way. We will have our backs against the wall for the majority of the game on Saturday but if we can nick anything it will stand us in good stead for the rest of the season."