Potter hails attitude after pleasing victory

26th January 2019
First team

Graham Potter praised the attitude of his Swansea City side after they booked their place in the last 16 of the Emirates FA Cup with a 4-1 victory over Gillingham.

It ensured former Swan Steve Lovell - now in charge of the League One Gills - did not have the dream homecoming he might have hoped for.

An Oli McBurnie brace put the home side in control and, while there were a few nervy moments after Josh Rees had pulled a goal back, Bersant Celina and Barrie McKay put the seal on the win as the Swans extended their unbeaten run to six games.

And manager Potter was pleased with the application his side showed against a Gills outfit who had knocked out Premier League Cardiff in the previous round.

"It was a pleasing afternoon, it was a good performance, we attacked well and limited them to not too much," said Potter.

"We created chances, scored two goals, hit the post and in some ways you don't want half-time to come. 

"But there's nothing you can do about that and you know against any team there is a chance they can score, and then we had to show a bit of character.

"Credit to Gillingham they fought and kept going. We did not recognise as well as we could when to attack centrally or when to attack wide.

"It got a bit nervy but after the third goal went in - which was a fantastic strike - it became a bit easier for us.

"So it's a pleasing afternoon because strange things can happen in the FA Cup and we are through to the next round.

"I think when you look at the game in its entirety we deserved to go through, we were the better side and I am very happy with the attitude the players showed throughout the game."