'A big win for us'

8th December
First team

Graham Potter toasted “a big psychological win” after Swansea City ended their three-game losing streak with a pulsating victory at Brentford.

The Swans held on for a 3-2 triumph at Griffin Park having stormed into a three-goal lead inside the opening 27 minutes.

Wayne Routledge scored after just 33 seconds, then a Chris Mepham own goal and Leroy Fer’s first of the season put the Swans firmly in charge.

But any thoughts of a cruise to three points were premature.

In a game of multiple chances at both ends, Brentford made it 3-1 through Ollie Watkins before half-time and set up a dramatic finish when Said Benrahma curled home a free-kick 20 minutes from time.

But the Swans dug deep to claim a timely success which lifts them to within five points of the play-off places.

“It’s a big psychological win for us,” Potter said.

“It was chaos out there, let’s be honest, so to come through that and win is big for us.

“We know we have been in a scrap. We didn’t take our chances to kill the game and that meant we had to hang on.

“We are not going to get carried away, but it’s an important win for us.

“Fair play to the players. They dug in in the second half and, with the help of our supporters, we managed to get over the line.”

The Swans were clinical as they took charge in the first half hour of the game, but Barrie McKay and Fer had efforts saved while Connor Roberts and Mike van der Hoorn both hit the woodwork as the visitors dominated the early stages of the second period.

When the killer fourth goal did not come, Brentford fought back to set up a tense climax.

“You have to give credit to Brentford,” Potter added.

“We went 3-0 up and did a lot of things really well, but Brentford stayed in the game.

“They scored and the home crowd got behind them. We knew the game was still alive.

“We had some chances at the start of the second half to put the game to bed, but we didn’t take them and then anything can happen.

“It was a proper Championship game – great for the neutral but horrible for me and Thomas (Frank).

“They missed some chances and we missed some chances, but I am delighted for our supporters. It’s nice for us to get the win.”