Bersant's all smiles

16th December 2018
First team

Bersant Celina is all smiles in the wake of Swansea City’s win over Sheffield Wednesday despite starting the game on the bench.

Celina played a pivotal role in the Swans’ comeback victory after coming on midway through the second half.

The Kosovan was left on the bench at Brentford eight days ago having suffered with flu in the lead-up to that game.

And after the Swans’ 3-2 triumph at Griffin Park, Celina was among the substitutes once more for the Owls clash.

But with the Swans in need of goal after Wednesday went in front at the Liberty Stadium, Potter turned to Celina.

The former Manchester City man made it 1-1 within five minutes of coming on and then claimed an assist for Wayne Routledge’s winner.

“I came on wanting to make an impact, but I’m not sure I’ve ever had an impact so quickly before,” Celina admitted.

“I did my job to help the team and that is what I wanted to do.

“The manager was happy with the win, but I think he could see I was disappointed not to play and told me to smile a bit!

“I know why I was on the bench and he knows what he is doing to get the best from me.

“I think my smile has always been there, but it is bigger after that win.”

The Swans were the better side for the majority of the contest against the Owls.

Yet it was the visitors who went ahead when a rare Joe Rodon mistake was punished by Marco Matias.

“We had to show our character to come from behind to get the victory,” Celina added.

“We were being patient – we had to wait for our opportunity. But when they scored we woke up a bit.

“In the end it was a good win for us. I felt we controlled the game from the start and we were happy to get the points in the end.”