Boss braced for Bolton test

8th November 2018
First team

Graham Potter reckons Swansea City can expect another examination at Bolton Wanderers this weekend as they look to bounce back from painful defeat at Rotherham.

The Swans were left licking their wounds after dominating at the New York Stadium last time out only to come away with nothing.

Potter has been pleased with his players’ response on the training ground this week – but he is braced for another battle for points at Bolton.

Phil Parkinson’s have taken only six points from their last 12 matches and have netted just once in their last half-dozen games.

But Potter is wary of Wanderers as his team go in search of a first away win since September 1.

“It’s another difficult game for us – I say the same every week,” said the Swans manager.

“Bolton produced a really good, spirited performance against Aston Villa last weekend.

“They created chances and probably felt they could have got something out of the game.

“They have been in games all the time and we expect a difficult match against a team who are fighting.

“Phil Parkinson has always organised his teams well and Bolton have players who can hurt you who we will have to watch.”

Potter felt his team’s failure to do more damage to Rotherham was what cost them last weekend.

Oli McBurnie put the Swans ahead in South Yorkshire but, despite dominating for long periods of the contest, they ended up losing thanks to two late penalties.

“The players have been really good since Rotherham – we have had a really positive week,” Potter added.

“Of course there was disappointment over the result last weekend, but we have tried to look at how we can improve.

“We didn’t attack as well as could have done last weekend, certainly in the second half.

“We probably got a bit too comfortable in inverted commas at 1-0 and forgot about how to score and how to put the game away.

“It was a bit of a sore one to lose the game, but we have to take it and move on.”