Nathan Wood | If we build on that performance, the wins will come

1st August 2022
First team
Nathan Wood in the third kit

Nathan Wood is confident Swansea City can put the frustration of missing out on three points at Rotherham if they build on the encouraging performance at the AESSEAL New York Stadium.

Harry Darling's sensational debut strike cancelled out an early opener for the hosts by Chiedozie Ogbene, with the Swans being unable to make the most of chances to win the game, the most notable being Michael Obafemi's failure to convert from close range.

Wood himself had an opportunity with his head shortly before half time, arriving unmarked at the far post but guiding the ball onto the roof of the net, and felt the visitors should have capitalised on their opportunities.

But he is sure victories will be secured if the Swans can take forward elements of their performance, particularly a high-intensity opening 15 minutes and a dominant second-half showing in possession.

“The overwhelming feeling for me is the frustration that we didn’t get the three points,” said Wood.

“I feel like we should have scored some more goals, but on the positive side, we’ve got our first point on the board away at a newly-promoted team.

“I think a lot of teams will struggle at Rotherham, but we put in a good performance and there’s enough to build on.

“Making my debut was enjoyable but it would have been more enjoyable if I could have scored my chance and we had won the game. That would have been the icing on the cake, but I still believe there’s more to come from me.

“As long as we build on that performance, keep improving every week, and sharpen up a few things, I think the results will come.”

The centre-back was also quick to praise the 1,500 Swans fans who made the 440-mile round trip to back their team in south Yorkshire.

Despite Wood making 27 senior appearances before Saturday, 19 of those came during  a 2020-21 season played behind closed doors, 

So, he particularly enjoyed the vocal support.

“I thought the fans were brilliant,” he added.

“I didn’t really know what to expect with a crowd because most of my appearances came during Covid-19 when there weren’t any fans.

“It almost felt like a neutral ground because our fans were just as loud as theirs. That support really pushes you on.”