McBurnie: We've shown battling qualities

2nd September 2018
First team

Oli McBurnie believes the Swans have proved they have the bottle for the Championship battles ahead following a 2-1 win at Millwall.

Graham Potter’s side came from behind to claim victory for the second time this season on the road, though the scoreline along doesn’t tell the whole story of the Swans' efforts at The Den.

The Swans had to play the vast majority of the game with 10 men after Courtney Baker-Richardson’s red card in the fifth minute.

Millwall took the lead just past the hour mark, but two goals in nine minutes from sub Kyle Naughton and McBurnie sealed a remarkable comeback for the visitors.

It means the Swans have taken seven points from nine on their travels, with Potter’s side also coming from behind to win on the opening day at Sheffield United and claiming a hard-earned point at Birmingham City.

And McBurnie believes his team-mates’ spirit has been vital to their results so far.

“The whole circumstances of the game were completely against us and the spirit the boys showed in that game was brilliant,” said the striker. “I am proud of the boys.

“It is what football is about.

“We have had to fight back to win before this season. Swansea teams in the past may have crumbled in that situation, particularly on Saturday when we were a man down.

“People would have written us off but we have shown that the team spirit is like nothing we have had before and that is testament to the manager, staff and the whole team.

“We had nothing to lose when the sending off happened. We knew it was going to be a graft, and we had to work hard for each other.

“Going to The Den is never an easy game with 11 men let alone 10. It is testament to the boys and we got the rewards for that."

McBurnie slotted home the winner after fine work from sub Jefferson Montero, who had also set up Naughton’s equaliser.

His strike in London took the Scottish international’s tally for the season to four in six league games.

And he was confident the Swans would bank all three points after getting back on level terms through Naughton’s second goal for the club.

“As soon as we got the equaliser I knew we could go on and win it from there,” McBurnie added.

“It was frustrating to concede from a set-piece – I think it was my error for the goal – but we will learn from that.

“We rolled our socks up and when we scored we started playing better football and that really paved the way for the winner.”