Potter hails "fantastic response" as Swans advance

17th February 2019
First team

Graham Potter hailed a “fantastic response” from his Swansea City team after they produced a thrilling second-half fightback to beat Brentford and book their place in the quarter-finals of the Emirates FA Cup.

The Bees had deservedly led at the break through an Ollie Watkins goal, with the visitors having the better of proceedings.

But the game turned dramatically in the space of 18 second-half minutes.

Bersant Celina saw a free-kick find the net via the post and the back of the keeper, before Daniel James produced a sensational solo goal to put the Swans ahead.

The winger then forced Ezri Konsa into a challenge that saw the defender dismissed, and Celina swept home a third shortly after.

George Byers completed the scoring late on to make it 4-1 and put Swansea in the hat for Monday’s draw.

“I thought Brentford were really good first half, and we have a young team that are finding their way in their careers and we suffered a bit,” said manager Potter.

“We did not play to the level that we can do or we needed to, but they were really good and it was a lesson for the players that they have to find the answers themselves.

“At half-time that was what we talked about and the response, in terms of the quality, the attitude, the togetherness and all that sort of stuff, was fantastic.”