Jamie Paterson keen to see more action in Reading cup tie

9th August 2021
First team
Jamie Paterson

Jamie Paterson is keen to get more minutes under his belt and continue to build his match fitness when Swansea City take on Reading in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night.

The midfielder, who inked an initial one-year deal with the Swans late last week, played all 90 minutes and capped his debut by getting on the scoresheet in the 2-1 loss to Blackburn Rovers at the weekend.

Paterson, 29, admits himself he is not firing on full cylinders yet following a summer as a free agent, which means he is looking to quickly get back on the pitch again, and keep adapting to new head coach Russell Martin’s gameplan, against the Royals at the Madejski Stadium.

“Playing on a Tuesday and a Saturday, there are always going to be changes in the league or if it’s a cup game,” he said.

“It will be good for all of the lads to get onto the pitch and see how we play. “It’s a squad game and it’s a long season, people will be in and out and it will be changing, although as a player I will always want to play and show what I can do.

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“We want to win every single game so we’ll go to Reading and we’ll be looking to win and likewise on the weekend against Sheffield United as well.

“We’re just looking forward to implementing our style and playing our football and just getting better every game. There’ll be ups and downs throughout the season as always.  

“I felt better than I expected at the weekend, whether that was adrenaline or not, I don’t know.

“It’s been a whirlwind of a week, I’ve been here just a few days days, I’ve trained twice and gone straight into a game but, if anything, I think it can be better sometimes if you’re straight into a game and have no time to think.

“Now I’ve got that under my belt, I am hungry for more.”

Despite Martin’s limited time in charge, the change in the style of play under the former MK Dons boss was immediately clear to see at Ewood Park.

It’s a style Paterson knows will take time to click, but he is confident it will click for the Swans.

“As a team I think we played really well, to be honest,” he said.

“We’ve had three days with the new gaffer, and you can see what our style of play is going to be.

“There’s always going to be teething problems with us just giving it away in areas and stuff like that, but when we got to grips with it I thought we played really well in the end.”