Potter eyes Lions success

31st August 2018
First team

Graham Potter reckons victory at Millwall this weekend would round off a promising start to Swansea City’s Championship campaign.

The Swans will regroup during the first international break of the season following their trip to The Den on Saturday evening (5.30pm).

They head to London on the back of a first league defeat of 2018-19 against Bristol City last weekend and a midweek Carabao Cup loss to Crystal Palace.

But the Swans kicked off the season by going four games unbeaten, with draws against Birmingham and Leeds following the wins over Sheffield United and Preston.

And Potter believes a third maximum of the season would leave his team in good shape.

“There is still work for us to do to improve – as coaching staff and the players as a group,” he said.

“We are going to keep working and we are looking forward to the Millwall game.

“It’s a tough place to go, but if we could win that would give us 11 points from their first six games of the season, which would be a good return for us.”

The Swans won on their last trip to Millwall, back in 2011, but their overall record on the Lions’ patch is poor.

Neil Harris’s team have been very impressive at The Den of late, with just one defeat coming in their last 17 home league fixtures.

This season Millwall have drawn at home to Middlesbrough and beaten Derby, while they have also enjoyed cup wins over Gillingham and Plymouth.

“It will be a real test for us,” Potter added.

“Millwall just missed out on the play-offs last season and you can see why. They are really well-organised and well-drilled and they have a good idea of how to use their strengths.

“They were two up against Derby early on at home and the same against Middlesbrough, when they had chances to kill the game.

“You can see they are a real strong unit at home particularly and we need to respond after our disappointment against Bristol City.

“Hopefully we can get a positive result, but to do that we will have to perform well in all aspects of our game. That’s always the case when you go away from home in the Championship.”