Mike pleased with first goal

30th December 2018
First team

Mike van der Hoorn was pleased to score his first goal of the season in the Swans’ 2-2 draw with Wigan Athletic at the Liberty, and hopes he can continue to lead by example.

The defender, who wore the captain’s armband in the absence of Leroy Fer, volleyed home the equaliser as Graham Potter’s side hit back from 2-0 down to rescue a point in SA1.

The goal was Van der Hoorn’s first in nine months, having last found the net in March’s 4-1 victory over West Ham United.

The Dutchman has skippered the side on a number of occasions this season, and is the only member of Graham Potter's squad to start every Championship game this season.

And he hopes he can make more telling contributions to help his side as the season enters its second half.

“When you’re 2-0 down, people always look at you as captain for inspiration,” he said.

“I tried to lift the players by encouraging them and improving my own performance.

“I always hope to get a goal and try to help the team with my presence in the penalty area, and I think I’ve been a little bit unlucky during the first half of the season.

“I was happy to score my first goal of the season. I’ve been looking for that goal for a long time and was very pleased to see it go in.”