Dyer's relief with league strike

3rd April
First team

Nathan Dyer revealed his relief after ending his long wait for a league goal in Swans colours during the 3-0 home win over Brentford.

The winger struck the opener after just 30 seconds before doubling the lead in the 34th minute. Daniel James added further gloss to this convincing win with a late strike as Graham Potter’s side ended a four-match losing streak.

It meant a four-and-a-half year wait for a league goal for the Swans came to an end for Dyer. His last strike came, coincidentally, in a 3-0 home win with the 31-year-old also scoring twice against West Brom in August 2014.

His first was an opportunist’s dream, with James beating keeper Luke Daniels to a pass back and, when he was clattered by the Bees stopper, Dyer followed up and tapped in the loose ball.

The second came from the back, with Swans keeper Kristoffer Nordfeldt punting upfield for Dyer, who beat the defence and slotted through the legs of Daniels.

“It’s been a long time coming – it’s a bit of a relief,” said Dyer. “It’s nice to score but more so it’s just great to play in this team – scoring is a bonus.

“When you are playing with the likes of DJ – he reminds me of my younger days when I could run that fast – you gamble on him winning the ball, so I kept up as much as I could and it was a nice tap in.

“For the second goal, they pushed high up the pitch and Kris spotted me. He hit a great long pass – not something we are used to doing – and it fell for me and I put it through the keeper’s legs.

“Hopefully I can get a few more to help the team, but the most important thing is that we keep performing to our high level and get the results we deserve.”