Potter happy with home cup draw

10th January 2019
First team

Swansea City boss Graham Potter is happy with a home tie in the FA Cup, but will not be taking Gillingham lightly.

Monday’s fourth-round draw saw the Swans handed the assignment of hosting the League One Gills, who are managed by Swansea-born Steve Lovell.

Lovell, who also had a stint on loan with his hometown club during his playing career, guided Gillingham to a 1-0 victory over Cardiff City in the third round and had spoken prior to the draw of his desire to face the Swans.

He has got his wish, the tie will be played over the weekend of January 25-28, and Potter is pleased his side will have home advantage in the last-32 clash.

“I said before the draw that the only thing you can ask for is a home draw and then, because of the nature of the competition and how special it is, every game is difficult,” said Potter.

“That is what makes the FA Cup so great, Gillingham have had a fantastic result in the last round and proven they can compete against teams from a higher level.

“So, we know it is going to be a tough game, but it is one we are looking forward to.

“We have a couple of league games first that we need to focus on and then we can enjoy that game.”