Potter pleased by Bersant's all-round showing

27th January 2019
First team

His goal may have stolen the show against Gillingham, but Swansea City boss Graham Potter felt there was far more to take from Bersant Celina's performance than just his stunning Emirates FA Cup strike.

The Kosovo international produced a wonderful effort from distance to help the hosts to a 4-1 victory over the Gills and book Swansea's place in the fifth-round draw.

But his influence was far from limited to that one moment as time and again he tormented the visiting defence by drifting into pockets of space and linking particularly well with the likes of Matt Grimes and Oli McBurnie.

And his manager was pleased with the overall impact of the former Manchester City midfielder.

"It will be nice to see more moments like that, although I am not sure I can demand too many of those moments though," said Potter of Celina's fifth goal of the season.

"It was a fantastic strike, but his overall play was good too, he linked up well with others and was part of our good attacking play in the first half.

"And then there is that wonderful strike, which we needed. I think we needed that third goal as the longer it went on the more nervy it would have got because of the scoreline and how dominant we had been up to that point.

"So I am pleased for him."

Potter has fielded strong sides in each of Swansea's two FA Cup ties to date this season, and seen his side claim convincing wins against Aston Villa and Gillingham.

And the manager believes those performances and results have fed into a growing confidence and positivity in his squad during what is their longest unbeaten run of the season.

"We spoke about the second half of the season and developing a mentality to try and win every game we play," he said.

"We had that in the first half of the season, but we had a lot of learning to do and understand what the players can do in different ways.

"The FA Cup is a great competition and we can build confidence and positivity through it.

"We want to approach every game looking to do our best."