'I am humbled - I don't deserve it'

23rd October 2018
First team

Graham Potter revealed how he feels “humbled” by Swansea City’s fans in the wake of victory over Blackburn Rovers.

Potter saluted the Jack Army on more than one occasion as they sang his name during the Swans’ 3-1 win.

And the former Ostersund manager, who took charge at the Liberty in June, has thanked the fans for their support.

“I am humbled by it if I am honest,” Potter said.

“The fans’ support of me and the players has been incredible and I can only thank them for it.

“I don’t feel I deserve it to be honest – that’s my personality.

“In the first half tonight the fans couldn’t really get behind us because we didn’t give them too much to get behind, although they still did.

“But in the second half it was a proper Tuesday night at the Liberty atmosphere.”

The Swans’ players made a point of applauding all sides of the ground after goals from Connor Roberts and Bersant Celina – plus an own goal from Rovers keeper David Raya – saw them fight back from 1-0 down to win 3-1.

It is not the first time this season the squad have gone around the Liberty pitch after a game to salute their fans – but Potter insists it is nothing to do with him.

“That’s happened naturally,” he added.

“I think the connection between the players and the fans has happened naturally.

“I haven’t tried to manufacture it. I think the players appreciate the support they have.

“Some of the lads are young and a lot of them have made their debuts this season. To have the supporters behind them like they do – I think they are really, really lucky.”