Jordon Garrick happy with his cup opportunity
Jordon Garrick hopes to have given Steve Cooper some extra options after making his first start of the season.
The winger featured for 83 minutes on Saturday as Swansea City progressed to the FA Cup fourth round courtesy of a 2-0 victory at Stevenage.
Cooper utilised Garrick at right wing-back at the Lamex Stadium, with the 22-year-old putting in an impressive performance that included an assist against the League Two hosts.
After Wayne Routledge gave the Swans an early lead, Garrick then beat his marker for pace before setting up Viktor Gyokeres for the second goal with a perfect cross five minutes after the break.
It proved a valuable opportunity for Garrick, who had previously clocked up 47 minutes of action spread over three substitute appearances this season prior to this weekend’s cup tie.
“It is my fourth appearance, but I’m still working hard at the training ground, getting my fitness up, doing my gym work and doing stuff behind the scenes to make sure that whenever I’m called upon, I’m ready,” said Garrick.
“The team’s doing so well, so I can’t really complain too much. I just have to wait until it’s my time and then hopefully I’ll give the manager another option if I’m ever needed.
“But I’m happy to have had the opportunity to get my first start of the season.
“Playing at wing-back was different, but it was a good test for me. It’s difficult to go from being attack-minded to having to do a bit of both. But the players and manager showed some faith in me by putting me there, so I hope I did them proud and I did the best I could.”