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Olivier Ntcham | Manner of West Brom win showed our unity

2nd March 2022
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Olivier Ntcham felt Swansea City's 2-0 victory over West Bromwich Albion highlighted the unity and togetherness in Russell Martin's squad as they responded in adversity.

The Frenchman was brought on to replace Jamie Paterson in the 77th minute and made an instant impact as he set up the opening goal just two minutes later at The Hawthorns.

It was good work down the left by the midfielder, leaving a defender trailing in his wake before some tricky footwork got the better of his man and he cut the ball back to the edge of the box.

His pass found Joel Piroe, whose first time left-footed finish took the Dutchman to 15 goals for the season.

Cyrus Christie doubled the lead five minutes later - with another substitute heavily involved in the form of Korey Smith - to make it a successful away trip for the Swans as they bounced back from a difficult afternoon at Sheffield United.

And Ntcham was pleased to see everyone contribute to finding the right response to the disappointment at Bramall Lane.

“It’s a great feeling to win the game,” said Ntcham.

“I think it was good for the team. We haven’t had great results away from home, so that was good to show how we want to play.

“That game was an opportunity for everyone to show what they can do. I’m really happy with the result.

“We showed a lot of togetherness. The manager asks us to do stuff in training and it all went really well in that game, and we played the way we want to play.

“That was a good reaction to the previous games, for us to get a clean sheet.

“I think the clean sheet was really important for the confidence of the lads, the coaches and for everybody.

“The fans were so loud – it sounded like there were thousands of them.”