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Connor Roberts relieved to get off the mark

19th July 2020
First team

Connor Roberts revealed his relief at finally opening his account as his first goal of the season ensured Swansea City’s play-off hopes go into the final game of the campaign.

The Wales international proved the difference against Bristol City at the Liberty as he followed up Conor Gallagher’s shot that cannoned off the post and fired home on the stroke of half-time for his first goal since April 2019.

The visitors then missed a golden chance to level but sub Famara Diedhiou struck the post from the penalty spot after he had been fouled by Ben Cabango.

Victory leaves the Swans three points adrift of Cardiff going into the final game of the regular season on Wednesday, with Steve Cooper’s side visiting Reading while the Bluebirds host Hull City.

But Roberts insists the Swans’ focus is solely on themselves.

Bristol City (H) Roberts celebration

“It was great to finally get off the mark because I’ve been disappointed not to have scored until now,” said the 24-year-old.

“I have been pleased with my form since we restarted and the new system has allowed me to get forward more, get crosses in and try to get onto the end of them too.

“Against Bristol City I went close to a number of crosses, but it paid off following up Conor’s shot.

"David Tivey – our fitness coach – said before the game that he fancied me to get a goal, and he was right.

“It was an important goal because it means we are still in the hunt for promotion and we will take it to the final day.

“We will only concentrate on ourselves. We can’t control anything else, so we will focus on our performance against Reading and look to pick up three points.

“Hopefully that will be enough to get us into the top six.”