Grimes: Patience over panic the key to win

3rd March 2019
First team

Matt Grimes felt Swansea City's ability to stay patient with time ticking down was a key factor in their 2-0 win over Bolton.

There were just 10 minutes left on the clock and the game was goalless, despite the visitors being down to nine men following red cards for Craig Noone and David Wheater.

The Swans had also seen a first-half penalty saved as Remi Matthews denied Oli McBurnie.

But the hosts continued to press and they got their reward when McBurnie volleyed home from a Courtney Baker-Richardson knockdown.

And substitute Bersant Celina put the seal on the win when he finished emphatically from a Daniel James pull-back.

It moved Swansea to within seven points of the play-off places, and midfielder Grimes felt the manner in which Graham Potter's men kept their cool was vital.

"We just had to be patient to break them down and get the goal. Obviously, we’d have liked to score a lot earlier than we did, but we kept plugging away which is testament to the character within this team," he said.

“To be fair, I’ve never played against nine men, so it was a new one for me as well! It puts some added pressure on when you’re expected to win the game. If you don’t win, everyone will be questioning why you haven’t.

"We were patient, kept moving the ball and eventually things opened for us. Great credit to the lads for doing that.

“After the penalty save, we knew we needed to keep going and creating chances. When they went down to nine men, the onus was on us to go and get the goal, especially being at home as well.

"When you go 1-0 up against nine men, you need to keep the ball and see the game out. Thankfully, we got the second but we weren’t really in danger."