No more sleepless nights

30th September 2018
First team

Courtney Baker-Richardson endured sleepless nights after a debut to forget – but slept easy after striking his first Swans goal in the 3-0 win over Queens Park Rangers.

The striker, who was playing non-league football with Leamington only a couple of seasons ago, broke the deadlock at the Liberty as Graham Potter’s side ran out convincing winners on Saturday.

It was a huge contrast to Baker-Richardson's league debut for the club, which ended after just five minutes at Millwall four weeks ago when he saw red for a lunge on James Meredith.

After serving a three-match suspension, the 22-year-old was thrust straight back into Potter’s starting XI to lead the line against Rangers.

And he grasped the opportunity by firing home a half-volley from Oli McBurnie’s knockdown after 16 minutes before Connor Roberts and sub Jay Fulton wrapped up the victory.

“It meant a lot to me that the manager showed a lot of faith in me considering what happened on my debut,” said Baker-Richardson.

“I had a lot of sleepless nights after the red card, but the manager has been great with me.

“I had to dust myself down and repay the faith the manager and fans have shown in me. Hopefully I’ve gone some way to doing that with my goal and performance.

“I should have had a few more goals – I should have kept my second chance down while my next chance hits the keeper in the face - but we won and that’s the main thing.

“Three points and my first Championship goal – it was a good day.”