Potter eyes winning end to 2018

28th December 2018
First team

Graham Potter wants Swansea City to end 2018 on a high by bouncing back to winning form against Wigan Athletic at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday (3pm).

The Swans have suffered back-to-back defeats over the Christmas period to date, losing 3-2 at Hull City before a 1-0 reverse against Aston Villa on Boxing Day.

Potter and his side have been frustrated to come away with no points from a pair of fixtures where they had long spells on the front foot.

They have only suffered three defeats in a row on one previous occasions this campaign, and are desperate to avoid a repeat and get back to winning ways against the Latics in what will be their final game of the calendar year.

“It would be great for us to finish the year with a victory,” said Potter.

“We have had a couple of disappointing results but all we can do now is focus on the next one.

“The only thing we can do is dust ourselves down and prepare for a tough game where we can try and be positive and get three points.”

He added: “We are not far away (from getting results) but it can also seem a long way off, that’s the reality if you don’t get the result.

“But there is enough there in terms of the performance levels, the effort from the players and their honesty and response to setbacks.

“We need to try and get a bit more out of ourselves, myself included, and go forward as a group.”

The Swans host a Wigan side who started the season strongly on the back of their return to the second tier, but Paul Cook’s men have lost their last four.

However, Potter is well aware of how dangerous they can be.

“They are a spirited team, Paul has them playing good football, they started off really well but as you expect it becomes a bit more difficult as the season goes on,” he said.

“They have good players and, as ever, you don’t look at the league table, it’s a Championship match where it starts level and we have to be positive, play well, have that little bit of luck that maybe we have not had so much of, and stick together.”