Boss: We go to win

7th December 2018
First team

Graham Potter is expecting a battle for the ball on Saturday (3pm) as Swansea City look to end their three-game losing streak at Brentford.

The Swans are aiming to bounce back following a difficult week when they visit Griffin Park for the first time in 12 years.

And Potter is expecting an eye-catching contest between two sides who try to win games by retaining possession.

Brentford played some superb football in the early weeks of the season, but have slipped to 17th in the Championship table after a turbulent run.

The Bees have won only one of their eight games since manager Dean Smith left for Aston Villa in early October.

But Thomas Frank, who stepped from Smith’s coaching staff to take the reins, steered his team to a creditable 1-1 draw at West Brom earlier this week.

That was the fourth point gained by Frank’s Brentford, who also claimed a home win over Millwall last month.

“I think it will be an exciting game,” Potter said.

“I watched Brentford play live against West Brom.

“They had a bit of luck in the first half, when West Brom had a few chances, but you could see their qualities – especially with the ball.

“They have a pattern of play and a clear identity.

“Perhaps they are having a bit of transition after Dean left to take over at Aston Villa, but Griffin Park is always a tough place to go.

“It is a tight ground and the crowd will be right on top of us.

“But we have to deal with that. We will go there looking to win the game.”

The Swans had claimed three victories in four games prior to defeats to Norwich, West Brom and Derby last week.

Wilfried Bony returns to the squad as they look to end the losing streak, but Daniel James (hamstring) has joined Tom Carroll and Luciano Narsingh on the sidelines.


*Please note, there are currently weekend closures of the A4, in both directions, between Clayponds Avenue and Ealing Road. There is also one lane closed Eastbound between Boston Manor Road and Ealing Road. These closures will affect Saturday's game.

To get to Griffin Park, supporters heading East down the M4 are advised to come off at Junction 3 and use the A312 and A4, bearing in mind there may be more traffic than usual on this route. Those supporters using the North Circular or A4 from the North/Central London should exit at the Chiswick Roundabout and use the South Circular and A315 to approach Griffin Park via the Ealing Round.