Potter expects testing Trotters' battle

1st March 2019
First team

Graham Potter has told his Swansea City side they will need to be prepared to show no shortage of fight if they are to see off Bolton at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday (3pm).

The Swans will be looking to return to winning ways after the disappointment of their tame defeat to Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough.

They face a Bolton side battling for their lives at the foot of the Championship table; Wanderers currently lie four points from safety having won just one of their last 10 league fixtures.

But there is no danger of Swansea taking the challenge lightly, with Bolton having recently won at Birmingham and given promotion hopefuls Leeds a scare at Elland Road.

And Potter - who admitted he had felt his side had been made to look "a bit soft" last time out, expects a tough examination.

"It is a really tough game, Phil Parkinson is a competitor who knows this league," said Potter.

"They are going through some hard times but that can bring the group together to fight and scrap and they will see this as a chance to improve their circumstances.

"We need to not worry too much about that, it's about us looking to play well on the day and understand what they will try and do. We will need to make sure we give everything and we fight to try and get three points."

The Swans are enjoying a fine run of form on home turf, and are unbeaten in six games at the Liberty Stadium stretching back to the Boxing Day defeat to Aston Villa.

Potter has been pleased to see his side improve their home record, and acknowledges that making SA1 a tough place to come will be key to the development of his side.

"We have got better at home, we have got more comfortable there and we have had to dig in at times and come through with the home crowd helping us fight back in games," he added.

"But it will count for nothing Saturday, you have to start again and make sure we fight and battle for the points.

"We know any team that wants to be successful has a good home record and can pick up points. That's the formula in football, it's not rocket science.

"We have had spells where we have been better away and not so good at home, and it has turned around."

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