'Nothing is settled yet'

13th December 2018
First team

Graham Potter has insisted he will pay little attention to the Championship table until the final day of the season.

Swansea City play match No. 22 of the 46-game second-tier campaign when Sheffield Wednesday visit the Liberty Stadium on Saturday (3pm).

The Swans currently sit 12th in the table, seven points short of the top six and 11 clear of the bottom three.

But Potter says he knows from experience that there is little point in assessing the league table until late spring.

“You could make arguments that we could have done this or we could have done that, you can assess the points tally and say whether we’ve been lucky or unlucky,” said the Swans manager.

“The league table can give you some information, but nothing is decided yet in the league.

“Nobody cares in May where you were in December, so what we will do over and again is focus is on the next game.

“I remember winning promotion in Sweden. Only the team who finished first went up, and the only time we were top was after the last match.

“That tells you when the league table matters.”

Having ended a three-game losing streak by winning a five-goal thriller at Brentford last weekend, the Swans will aim to build momentum when they face the Owls.

Jos Luhukay’s team are struggling for form right now, having won just one of their last nine second-tier games.

But Potter is expecting another stern test in a league which is notoriously competitive.

“Sheffield Wednesday are a big club. A couple of years ago they were in the play-offs, so there is expectation and pressure that comes with that I guess,” he added.

“But it’s not easy to win games in this league. You can go through little periods where things don’t go your way.

“They have got some good players – people like (Barry) Bannan, (Steve) Fletcher and (Adam) Reach can hurt you.

“We have to be good and we have to a bit of luck, and if we have both of them, we’ll have a chance to win the game.

“In every game in this league you have to be right, and that will be the case this weekend.”