More opportunities and development the target for Ben Cabango

21st November 2021
First team
Ben Cabango

Ben Cabango is targeting more development and opportunities under Russell Martin after making his return to the starting XI in Swansea City’s 1-1 draw with Blackpool.

The Wales international made his first start in exactly a month as he was the only change to the starting line-up due to Ryan Bennett serving a one-match suspension.

He operated on the right-hand side of a three-man defence as the Swans looked on course for a fifth consecutive home win thanks to Joel Piroe’s stunning opener, only for Keshi Anderson to strike late on to earn the visitors a share of the spoils.

Despite being held to a draw, Cabango hopes he has done enough to retain his place for Wednesday night’s trip to Barnsley.

Ben Cabango

“It’s been hard to get into the team because of how well the boys have been playing,” said Cabango, whose previous start came in the 2-1 home win over West Brom.

“I’ve had an opportunity on Saturday; it was a tough game, but I’ve been waiting a while. So hopefully I get some more opportunities.

“It’s a lot different in the position I play, but I’m improving a lot. I’ve come on a lot in the last three months and hopefully I can just keep building on it.”

Piroe’s effort in the 35th minute lit up the Stadium, with the Dutchman finding the top corner with his right foot to chalk up his 11th goal of the season.

And Cabango was full of praise for the striker, who is leading the club’s scoring charts after a blistering start to life in SA1 following his move from PSV Eindhoven.

Joel Piroe

“It was unbelievable, I was literally right next to him screaming for the ball, I don’t know why!” laughed Cabango.

“When he’s shooting there’s only one place that it’s going at the moment, but to rely on someone like that, you know he’s going to get us goals.

“But it was just frustrating to concede from a set-piece in the last five minutes.

“I thought we started well in the first half and passed the ball around with tempo and intent. They came out pressing - they were really intense.

“We played through it and we were doing well in the first half. I think we just dropped off in the second half.

“Credit to them, they were passing it about and they’re a decent side. It was annoying to concede from a set-piece though. These things happen, we just got to move on to Wednesday.”