Michael Duff | We built a foundation that allowed us to play football

30th September 2023
First team

Michael Duff believes his Swansea City side showed all sides of the game as they beat Millwall 3-0 at The Den.

Jamal Lowe converted from the penalty spot after Jerry Yates had his shirt pulled in the box to give the Swans a well-deserved lead at the break.

And, while Millwall put the Swans under some pressure early in the second half, Carl Rushworth stood firm to protect the clean sheet with a series of excellent stops.

Matt Grimes then finished off a sweeping Swans move to double the lead, before Mykola Kuharevich bagged his first goal for the Swans when he headed in Josh Key’s cross to make it 3-0 with ten minutes remaining.

It was an excellent showing from the Swans as they secured back-to-back wins and clean sheets.

“We’re really pleased,” said Duff.

“It’s a difficult place to come, and I think we showed all aspects of the game today.

“In the lead up to the penalty, there were more than 40 passes and in the lead up to the second goal there were more than 25 passes.

“Millwall came out in the second half and put us under pressure, and we had to change shape a couple of times, but then we came back out of it.

“There were lots of positives to take.

“It’s very rare that you will dominate a game for 90 minutes. We want to play football, but it has to be built on a foundation.

“We want to get to a point where we’re dominating the ball all the time, but in the Championship there will always be points we come under pressure and that’s when we need the togetherness, team spirit and shape to come through.

“For the last ten minutes, it was really comfortable, because we’d given ourselves the platform.

“We’re miles away from where we want to end up, but with a lot of change at a football club it takes time to settle, but it was nice to watch the last ten minutes relaxed because of the defending we’d shown. We could just watch the players play good football.”

Duff also thanked the more than 800 supporters who made the journey to The Den to back the Swans.

“Supporters are finding a way to get to these games – especially with the train strikes,” he added.

“We fully appreciate that times are hard and it’s a long way to everywhere from Swansea so it was nice to be able to go over and thank then.

“I hope they’ll have a few pints tonight and enjoy it.”