'It will be an interesting week'

22nd November 2018
First team

Graham Potter is braced for an “interesting week” as Swansea City prepare to face three of the Championship’s current top six.

The Swans return to action after the international break when they take on leaders Norwich City at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday (3pm).

Fifth-placed West Bromwich Albion, the second tier’s top scorers, come to SA1 next Wednesday before the Swans head to the Midlands to tackle Derby County, who are sixth, the following weekend.

And Potter is gearing up for a hat-trick of stern challenges.

“We had a good result at Bolton before the international break, when it was important for us to bounce back after the disappointment of losing against Rotherham,” said the Swans boss.

“We were not as dominant at Bolton as we were at Rotherham but we got the three points. That’s Championship football.

“In this division every game you play is a test.

“You are always trying to take lessons and improve for the next game, and that’s what we’re doing now as we head into a big week.

“We are playing three of the teams who are at the top end of the table and it will be an interesting week for us.”

The Swans could find themselves in the Championship’s top six should they win on Saturday, although nothing will come easy against a Norwich side who have won their last five games.

The Canaries, who have lost only once in 12 league outings following a slow start to the season, have the best away record in the second tier and will be full of confidence as they make the long trip to Wales.

The Swans head into the game on the back of their best run of the campaign – they have taken nine points from the last 12 on offer – but Potter reckons his team still have plenty of room for improvement.

“We have made some good strides I think,” he added, “but we need to carry on improving.

“There’s a long, long way to go. We have 29 games left to play – that’s a lot of football. Our focus has to be to keep on improving.”