Jamie Paterson | Victory over West Brom a "statement"
Matchwinner Jamie Paterson felt Swansea City made a statement after beating high-flying West Brom in SA1 on Wednesday night.
Just three days after claiming in the bragging rights in the south Wales derby, the Swans were back in action with the second-placed Baggies visiting the Swansea.com Stadium.
Despite falling behind to Karlan Grant’s opener after just 52 seconds, the Swans deservedly ran out 2-1 victors thanks to Joel Piroe’s equaliser on the hour mark and Paterson’s late winner.
The result meant the Swans moved onto 17 points from 13 games, while it is the first time they’ve won consecutive league matches under Russell Martin.
And Paterson, who followed up his derby heroics with another assist and goal, insisted it was a big win for the Swans.
“It’s a massive win for us. We went 1-0 down early, we knew what they would bring - a lot of energy and pressing," he said.
“We just had to stick to our game and not change, we knew they would get tired towards the end. They had a couple more days rest than us, but I know that’s not an excuse.
“It was a big game for us, we started slow but as the game opened up we showed our quality and that extra edge as soon as we scored. We were dominant from that point onwards.
“There was no shouting or anything like that at half time, the gaffer is very level-headed. The gaffer showed confidence and belief in us at half-time.
“It was just little changes. Teams are going to come here and either going to sit off or they are going to go all out and press because of the way we play.
“But I’m proud of the team, we stayed with it, played football and enjoyed it. The fans got behind us and we thoroughly deserved the win in the end.
“West Brom are up there in the league so we made a statement by beating them."
Piroe grabbed the equaliser and his eighth goal of the season thanks to Paterson’s sublime assist which saw him fire a crossfield pass into the Dutchman’s path.
Piroe repaid the favour as he set up Paterson, who nutmegged Kyle Bartley before poking home into the bottom corner in the 84th minute to seal all three points for Martin’s men.
While Paterson has four goals and four assists to his name in the past six games, the duo have combined for five goals in the Swans’ last five league outings.
Paterson hailed Piroe’s quality, and hopes to continue the blossoming P&P relationship.
“He’s class, we’ve assisted each other and we keep scoring. We keep making runs off each other and the confidence flows - we see each other on the ball and we make that extra run," said Paterson.
“It started at Huddersfield when he set me up and I dinked him in and he scored. We’ve got a good partnership going on at the moment. It’s rare you get that in football. Hopefully, we can keep doing that.”
The 29-year-old received unacceptable abuse on social media following Sunday's win over the Bluebirds.
However, the Jack Army were in full voice on Wednesday night, with Paterson's name echoing around the stadium.
“It isn’t something I sit around moping about, I’m just strong on showing that if somebody wants to message me, I’ll show it online," he added.
“It just can’t happen, it’s not just me it’s everybody. It’s well documented all over the place, you can’t just message somebody abuse.
“I did what I did in the celebration last weekend and I knew I was going to get stick. But when they’re messaging your mum on social media, it becomes unacceptable.”