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IN-FORM striker Jason Scotland has backed Swansea City’s play-off push after his brace finally ended the club’s nine-game winless streak.
After eight consecutive draws following November’s defeat to Birmingham, the Swans secured all three points on their trip to Burnley at the weekend.

And Scotland is now hoping it is just the start of much bigger and better things.

The Trinidad and Tobago international has no doubts Swansea are good enough to break into the top six.

And, while not getting carried away, he said confidence is sky high in the Swans camp as they look to build on their return to winning ways.

“It feels good in the dressing room,” he beamed.

“There is a lot of belief and now we have to try and get more wins to climb up the table.

“We are taking it one game at a time, but we will try to get in the play-off spots.

“It’s certainly possible for us.

“There are some tough teams in this division and Reading will be a tough challenge next week. But we are looking up and hopefully we can break into the top six.”

Scotland was delighted his brace could help deliver a long-overdue win to Roberto Martinez and his men.

And the fact it took his tally for the season into double figures certainly ensured there was plenty to smile about.

“To get the three points is massive after the run of draws,” he said.

“To get it at a tough place like Turf Moor is brilliant. We would probably have been happy with a draw coming here.

“We have seen Premiership teams come and get destroyed, so we knew it would be a tough game. It’s nice to get the monkey off our backs now.”

As for his recent goal rush, he added with a smile: “It’s six in six now and I’m keeping a close eye on it. I’m happy with my form.”

Burnley manager Owen Coyle refused to use the midweek Carling Cup semi-final first leg, which they lost 4-1 to Tottenham, as an excuse.

He said: “It is a time for characters and mental strength. We have played a lot of games, but it is too easy to look for excuses and some of the players must look at themselves in terms of their performance.”