Date: 13th April 2018 at 5:59pm
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Swansea City head coach Carlos Carvalhal is calling on the Swans fans to be the ‘twelfth man’ on Saturday as his side go in search of their fifth consecutive home win, against Everton.

If they did get the victory against Sam Allardyce’s side then it would be the first time since 1981 that we’ve won 5 at home in the League consecutively. A run of four has been crucial to our revival under Carlos, and he obviously wants to keep that going this weekend, he said:

“I want to say something to Swansea fans, this will be an important game like all games and we need to play with top players on Saturday. We are sure the Swansea fans, as they have done so far, will be at the Liberty and part of the game. They know the importance of their support and together we can achieve what we want on Saturday. My message is especially for the bad things, if we make mistakes that is when you need massive support and applause. It gives an incentive to them and let’s see what answer our players give to that sort of support. We must play as 12 on Saturday.” – Carlos Carvalhal

The atmosphere at the Liberty Stadium has improved of late, to coincide with that sudden increase in form. The wins against Arsenal and West Ham, in particular, were excellent and hopefully, it’ll be the same come Saturday afternoon.

What would surely help to make match atmospheres get back to what they used to be is the introduction of safe standing or ‘rail seating’. There’s another petition doing the rounds (details and link in the tweet below) to allow Premier League and Championship clubs to introduce Safe Standing.

It seems a no-brainer to me, especially when you see a large number of fans standing anyway. It’s a lot safer to stand with a rail in front of you, compared to a low seat in front of you. We’ve all seen fans falling into the rows below them celebrating a goal!

Not only that, but those fans who wish to sit down at all times won’t get frustrated by standing fans – they’ll be in the safe-standing area providing a much-needed loud atmosphere.

It’s a win-win surely, and it’s unfortunate that we have to go down these routes to bring this in. It’s been introduced in the German top division as well as Celtic Park.

Click here to sign the Safe Standing petition