'I feel ready to contribute more'

26th November 2018
First team

Wilfried Bony believes he is getting closer to full fitness after banking more valuable minutes in the defeat to Norwich City.

The Ivorian made his first appearance in nine months for the Swans as a late substitute in the victory at Bolton before the international break.

He made more progress this weekend as he featured for the second 45 minutes as Graham Potter made a double change at half-time with his team trailing 3-0.

Bony went close to scoring with a header from a Matt Grimes corner while he also sent Connor Roberts in on goal in a game where the Swans were beaten 4-1 by the Championship leaders.

And the 29-year-old believes he is making good progress as he targets a first start under Potter.

“It was good to get my first 45 minutes back at the Liberty after nine months out,” said the striker.

“It was a bit difficult because of the situation we were in and needing to score the next goal. We tried to push for our second goal, but they scored their fourth and controlled the game from there.

“I feel I am ready to contribute more. If the game was going well for us, I may have played 20 or 25 minutes. But, because of the situation, I was put on at the start of the second half.

“We’ll learn from our mistakes and try to be better next time.

“We’ve got another difficult game on Wednesday against West Brom. We will fight, learn from our mistakes and try to improve.”