Mike: We showed our potential

9th March 2019
First team

Captain Mike van der Hoorn believes Swansea City's first-half performance at Norwich showed what Graham Potter's men are potentially capable of.

While the Championship leaders started as overwhelming favourites following their run of free-scoring, winning form, it was the visitors who had much the better of the opening 45 minutes at Carrow Road.

They had five shots on target - their most in the first half of an away fixture all season - and showed poise and an assured touch in possession.

But they were undone after the break by a superb strike from Emi Buendia, an effort that proved to be Norwich's only effort on target all night.

Despite the disappointment of the defeat, centre-half Van der Hoorn feels Swansea showed what they can do against a Norwich side many view as being destined for promotion.

"I think to play a first half like that against a top, top side in this league shows our potential," said the defender, who continues to lead the Swans in the absence of the injured Leroy Fer.

"It is just so frustrating not to get anything because that is a game where you know you can win it, so it could have been an even better night.

"The performance was good, but the scoreline was not a reflection of the game.

"They had one shot, it was on his weak foot, and it sums up why they are in first place.

"But we were very brave on the ball, and getting the goal was just the missing link."