Boss upbeat ahead of Rovers test

23rd October 2018
First team

Graham Potter believes his Swansea City side are making progress as they get set to face Blackburn Rovers at the Liberty tonight (7.45pm).

The Swans go into the game having suffered back-to-back Championship defeats for the first time this season.

Potter’s men dominated against Ipswich last time out on their own patch only for some sloppy defending to lead to a 3-2 reverse.

And they were beaten once more at Aston Villa last Saturday, with Tammy Abraham’s early goal proving decisive despite the Swans creating enough chances to get back into the contest.

The Swans now return to their own patch – where they have won two of their six league games so far – to face a Blackburn side who have made an impressive start to life in the second tier following promotion last term.

Potter is expecting another stern Championship challenge against Tony Mowbray’s Rovers – but is convinced that his young team are on the up.

“There are some big teams in this division and every game is difficult – it’s a tough league,” said the Swans boss.

“But I think we are taking steps forward.

“The attitude and the commitment of the players has been fantastic which is very pleasing, but we know we still have things to work on.

“We are certainly not the finished article. We are one of the youngest teams in the division and we are still a work in progress, but I do feel we are moving in the right direction.”

The Swans have competed in every game they have played so far this season – none of their four defeats has been by more than one goal – while some of the football they have produced has been both stylish and effective.

But a shortage of goals has been a concern all along, while defensive frailties have cost the Swans in their last couple of games.

For all the promising signs, they have slipped to 15th in the table having won only one of their last seven matches.

“That’s something to be aware of course,” Potter added.

“Strangely, we have played better in the last few games than we did when we were picking up more points earlier in the season.

“But we just have to try to be consistent with our performances.

“We have been competitive in every game we have played, but we are just coming out on the wrong side of things at the moment.

“We have to keep working hard and keep focusing on our performances. If we do that, the results will follow.”