Rodgers backing Graham

Swansea manager tips striker to score soon

Graham: Praised by Rodgers for his impact since arriving at Swansea

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Brendan Rodgers does not believe Danny Graham will have to wait much longer for his first Swansea goal if he keeps performing at the same level.

The striker moved to the Liberty Stadium from Watford in a club-record deal over the summer and Rodgers has been pleased with the way he has settled into the side.

He was again lively in Saturday's 0-0 draw with Wigan, even though the result left Swansea without a goal in their opening two Premier League games having previously been beaten 4-0 by Manchester City.

Rodgers was pleased with the efforts of his players and has backed Graham to open his account for the club in the near future.

"Danny is a great reference for this team," he said on Saturday. "He leads the line really well, his touch is terrific and he just needed something to drop for him.

"He works very hard for the team, whether he scores or not he gives the maximum intensity and he will get his goal very soon.

"Monday (against Manchester City) was a dream and the dream became the reality, and what we have seen is the belief hitting on to the players. The next step is to go on and achieve.

"The reality has set in that we are a Premier League club. We are fighting to stay in the league and for half the game on Monday we showed we can compete at that level, and today we played some terrific football and were just missing that touch in the final third."