Mike: No risk, no reward

3rd October 2018
First team

Mike van der Hoorn insists the Swans will continue to play “risky” football to get results in the Championship.

Graham Potter’s men picked up another away point on Tuesday night following a 0-0 draw with Wigan at the DW Stadium.

The visitors recorded a sixth clean sheet in 11 games, with Kristoffer Nordfeldt making a key save late on to deny Latics sub Will Grigg.

That chance came via Matt Grimes’ misplaced pass, which came as the Swans were attempting to patiently play out from the back.

It has been a common style under Potter, with keepers Erwin Mulder and Nordfeldt looking to begin passing moves.

While the approach invites opposing teams to apply pressure to the back line, van der Hoorn believes it is a system which gets the best out of the squad.

It’s a bit risky but if you want to be a top team in this league you have to play like that,” said the Dutch defender.

“We don’t have the players in the team to be able to whack the ball up the field and go from there.

“We do it differently. Keeping the ball and passing it around with plenty of movement is our style.

“We saw a lot of that in the first half at Wigan – some of our play was really encouraging – but we are still improving.

“Everyone must be brave on the ball. It’s a big responsibility and pressure to play like that, but it’s also enjoyable.

“I think supporters enjoy it too. There are times when they may get a little stressed when we are passing it around at the back, but it’s the best way for us to get results.”