Patient approach key to win, says Bersant Celina

26th August
First team
Bersant Celina

Bersant Celina felt the Swans’ patient approach paid off as Steve Cooper’s side beat Birmingham City to maintain their unbeaten start.
The Swans ran out 3-0 victors at the Liberty on Sunday afternoon as goals from sub Kyle Naughton, Celina and Borja’s penalty sealed a home win.
It took until the 63rd minute for Naughton to break the deadlock, with the full-back striking low into the bottom corner from 20 yards.
Celina then hit his second goal within four days as he fired high into the net after being teed up by Mike van der Hoorn.
Borja then sealed victory with 15 minutes as he converted his penalty after Yan Dhanda was fouled in the box.
And Celina felt a patient approach was key to the victory.


Bersant Celina

“I thought we deserved the win - the boys worked really hard,” he said. “We knew they were going to be a tough side when it comes to physicality and set-pieces but I think we managed the game well and we just followed our game plan.
“We knew beforehand that we were going to have a lot of the ball and they were going to let us play, so we just had to be patient and try and play our game.
“We had to push to get the first goal and then carry on to get the three points.”
For his goal, which came after he opened the scoring in the midweek win at QPR, Celina added: “I saw Mike pressing high and I didn’t think that the full-back marking me was ready. I don’t think Birmingham knew they were going to lose the ball, but I knew so I was on the counter straight away and I knew I just had to smash it.
“It felt very good to score. We didn’t want to just continue with a 1-0 lead, as there is a possibility that Birmingham could have got a late goal with a set piece or something. We knew we had to finish the game off and we did just that.”