'Erwin was fantastic'

17th August 2018
First team

Graham Potter paid tribute to Erwin Mulder after the goalkeeper claimed a creditable clean sheet on his long-awaited first start for Swansea City.

Having come on for his debut when Kristoffer Nordfeldt limped off against Preston last weekend, Mulder was drafted in for his first Swans start at Birmingham City.

The former Feyenoord and Heerenveen No. 1 had a busy night as the Swans were forced to scrap their way to a goalless draw.

But Mulder did everything that was asked of him, making a handful of smart saves to keep the Blues at bay.

“I thought Erwin was fantastic,” Potter said.

“He got a clean sheet and I am really pleased for him because he has worked hard, just like Kris has.

“There’s good competition between the two of them. Erwin has waited for this opportunity and I am pleased for him that he took it.”

Nordfeldt was ruled out for between two and four weeks after scans showed that he had suffered a groin strain.

But Potter says the Swede is eyeing a rapid return to action.

“We are hopeful that Kris is going to be out for days rather than weeks,” he added.

“We will have to see how reacts.”