Potter: Bony gutted after penalty drama

26th December 2018
First team

Graham Potter admitted Wilfried Bony was gutted after the striker saw a late penalty saved in Swansea City’s defeat to Aston Villa.

The Swans were trailing to Conor Hourihane’s header during the final moments of normal time at the Liberty Stadium.

But they were awarded a chance to secure a point when Anwar El-Ghazi was adjudged to have fouled Nathan Dyer in the area.

Bony took the responsibility, but saw Orjan Nyland guess the right way and save the spot-kick.

“Yeah, he is gutted, but it happens in football,” said Potter.

“It’s part of the game. He will not be the first one to miss a penalty, he won’t be the last either.”

Oli McBurnie had taken the Swans’ two previous spot-kicks this season, failing to net against Preston but scoring against Reading.

However, Potter had no issues with Bony taking on the task of trying to find the net.

“It is one of those situations,” he said.

“Oli has always been the penalty taker because Oli has been the striker on the pitch, pretty much.

“But you would expect someone of Wilf’s experience, his record with penalties and the type of character he is, to take that responsibility.

“So, sometimes players have to solve that and I was happy they sorted it out themselves, no problem.”