Andy Fisher credits Swansea City goalkeeping coach Dean Thornton after penalty save

14th August
First team
Andy Fisher shouting instructions at Blackpool

Andy Fisher hailed goalkeeping coach Dean Thornton’s attention to detail after his penalty save helped Swansea City beat Blackpool at Bloomfield Road for the first time since the 1970s.

It had seemed inevitable that the Swans would have to come from a goal down when Seasiders' striker Jerry Yates placed the ball on the spot after Harry Darling was wrongly adjudged to have committed a foul in the box, but Fisher made a fine stop to keep the game goalless.

And when Michael Obafemi unselfishly squared the ball for Olivier Ntcham to slot home in the 87th minute, the Swans were able to take three points away from Lancashire.

“I think in the first half, we should have got a goal. We are getting chances, and I think the goals will start to come but they’re just not falling for us at the moment,” said Fisher.

“The second half, the crowd was getting behind them and then they got the penalty. I was just happy to save it, and for us to go on and get the three points.

“I’ll give Deano [Thornton] all the credit. He told me that [Yates] goes left, right, left, right, left, right (alternating sides when taking penalties) so naturally I need to go left to follow his routine.

“I actually think he went down the middle, so I don’t know if he [Thornton] gets the credit or not - but I did go left and I saved it.”

Fisher hopes that the win and performance at Bloomfield Road will serve as a platform for the side to push on with back-to-back home matches against Millwall and Luton Town lying ahead next week.

“First half, I thought we were relentless attacking the goal, but in the second half I think we tried too many long balls and played into their hands really,” he added.

“We came away from what we’re good at and what we need to keep doing, but to go on and win the game was massive for us.

“Winning any game in this league is hard, so to get that under our belt is massive.

“Once you get the momentum going, you’ll start to pick up the points and hopefully we’ll kick on from there.

“I want to say the fans were unreal, too.

“After the penalty when they were singing my name, it just makes you want to go and win the game for them. They’ve travelled so far and they deserve it.

“The fans are massive for us, when they’re cheering us on, we all just want to win for them.”