Potter: Cup run can boost Championship effort

6th January 2019
First team

Graham Potter believes a run in the Emirates FA Cup can boost Swansea City’s Championship efforts.

The Swans ensured their name is in the hat for Monday’s fourth-round draw thanks to a convincing 3-0 win at Aston Villa.

Courtney Baker-Richardson, Nathan Dyer and Jay Fulton got the goals to make it two wins from two in 2019.

Swansea reached the quarter-finals of the cup last term and, while no-one is getting carried away, Potter is aware of the chance to build momentum and consistency through the knock-out competition.

“I think it (a cup run) can help us because the second half of the season is the most important time of the season,” said Potter, whose side sit 12th in the Championship table, seven points off the play-off places.

“You have to approach every game as if you want to win. I don’t think you can select games where it is not so important.

“Every game you have to get into that mentality that every game is a knock-out game and you want to win it.

“That’s the mentality we want to have over the second half of the season.

“We have had a lot of learning, a lot of experiences in the first part and we have tried to be competitive.

“We have not had too many bad performances and now we need to take all that and go forward in a consistent manner and try and attack the games.

“A cup run is great for the club, great for the supporters and great for the team, so that is something we want to try and do.”