Boss eyes Liberty joy

21st August 2018
First team

Graham Potter is hoping to give the fans something to savour when Swansea City host Leeds United tonight (7.45pm).

The Swans have made a bright start to the Potter era, banking seven points from a possible nine in the opening fortnight of the Championship season.

Now they are preparing to face a Leeds side who have won four from four in all competitions so far in 2018-19.

Potter reckons Marcelo Bielsa’s team will provide the Swans with their toughest test yet, but believes his players have the quality to get the Jack Army on their feet.

“It will be a good atmosphere I am sure,” he said.

“It is a game between two teams who will try to attack – Leeds attack in numbers and are very aggressive with what they do.

“Hopefully it will be a good game and we can be ourselves, be positive and try to put on a good performance for our supporters.

“We know every game in this league will be a test for us, but we also feel we can win any game we play.”

The Swans emerged victorious in their one home game to date so far under Potter, against Preston 10 days ago.

They also won at Sheffield United on the opening day, while a gritty effort saw them draw at Birmingham last time out.

And Potter is taking heart from the performances his youthful team have produced in the opening stages of the campaign.

“At the start of the season I would have taken what I have seen from my team so far,” he said.

“We have played some good football at times and we have defended well when we have needed to.

“It’s a new group so you don’t really know what you are going to get.

“You don’t know how you are going to react if you go a goal down at Sheffield United or if you have to defend on a Friday night at St Andrew’s.

“But the response from the players has been good. The spirit and character they have shown has been pleasing.”