Boss salutes "outstanding" McBurnie

4th August 2018
First team

Graham Potter saluted Oli McBurnie after he marked a fine performance with his first league goal for Swansea City.

McBurnie started a league game for only the third time in his three years as a Swan.

And having thrived in the Championship while on loan at Barnsley last season, the Scottish international delivered for the Swans at Bramall Lane.

Potter’s men were staring at defeat after George Baldock put the hosts in front just after the hour mark.

But McBurnie netted at the end of a sweet Swans move to make it 1-1 and debutant Yan Dhanda then snatched a dramatic late winner.

Potter was pleased with individual performances across his team – and with the efforts of his three substitutes – but was glowing when asked about McBurnie’s contribution.

“I thought Oli was outstanding,” the Swans manager said.

“His work for the team was incredible. He covered a lot of ground and set up a lot of transitions for Joel (Asoro), Barrie (McKay) and Bersant (Celina).

“I was delighted to see him get his goal.”

While Dhanda grabbed the headlines by scoring with his first touch in senior football, fellow debutant McKay also had a good day.

“Some of Barrie’s actions were of a really high level,” Potter added.

“He is a very dangerous player and is someone our supporters will like a lot I think.

“I was really pleased with him. He was only meant to play 70 minutes but we squeezed another 20 out of him which was good.”