Ben Cabango | We showed good character and adaptability

22nd January
First team
Ben Cabango

Ben Cabango praised Swansea City’s resilience and character as Russell Martin’s team came from behind to claim a point against Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road.

Jamal Lowe had given QPR the lead inside the opening half-hour, but Jay Fulton scored his fourth goal of the season to draw the game level with less than 10 minutes remaining.

It was the 15th point claimed from losing positions by the Swans this season with only table-toppers Burnley claiming more.

“It was a hard-fought game and we managed to get the draw which was a good result in the end,” said Cabango.

“I felt like we were quite solid against QPR, but we weren’t ruthless enough and we conceded early which is never good.

“It was a really tough game, especially coming off the back of 120 minutes on Tuesday, I was feeling really leggy and drained at the end, but we just had to pull through.

“We’ve gone behind a few times this season and it’s a frustrating thing but I think we’ve shown a lot of character in those moments and a lot of times we’ve managed to come out with three points or a draw.

“Resilience is a good thing in this squad, we showed that we have the character to come from behind in any game. We know that when we go behind we still have a chance to get back into the game, and that’s a good belief to have.”

Swans defend an indirect free kick

As well as the character shown after going behind, the Swans’ back four also had to adapt during the match when goalkeeper Steven Benda was forced off with an injury midway through the second period and replaced by Andy Fisher.

The team also had to defend an indirect free-kick after Harry Darling’s back pass was left short and Benda picked it up. It was a situation that was new to many of the young squad, including Cabango, but they dealt with it.

“Steve coming off injured was a blow,” he admitted.

“It’s not easy for Fish to come on but I thought he did well. To come on into a game like that is never easy, and I thought he stood up to it well.

“He made a mistake and he recovered really quickly with a save. I think that was a big moment for him, and I’m so proud of him for that.

“We also had something a bit different before that after the backpass. I’ve never faced an indirect free-kick! We were just talking about it in the changing room. It was a bit of a crazy moment.

“I was thinking, ‘where do you I stand? Do I go to the post, do I block the shot?’

“But in the end, we just all threw our bodies on the line and we did well to come away without conceding.

“There was no chance that was going in, we were all throwing our bodies in the way, and Harry managed to block it.”

2,000 Swansea fans at QPR

More than 2,000 members of the Jack Army made the 372 mile round trip to west London to support the team, and Cabango was keen to stress the difference their backing made.

“Away or home, the fans are always backing us and supporting us throughout,” he added.

“To have them behind us, it just gives you an extra boost and when we scored the noise was unreal.

“We were disappointed that we couldn’t get a second for them, but we take a point and we thank the fans for travelling.”