Potter praises Swans fightback

1st May 2019
First team

Swansea City manager Graham Potter praised his side’s second-half response as they came from behind to earn a point against play-off chasing Derby at the Liberty Stadium.

The Swans – having seen their own top-six aspirations ended at the weekend – trailed at the interval to Richard Keogh’s header.

The Rams deserved their lead but, following the introductions of Jay Fulton and Declan John and a change of shape, the hosts were improved after the break.

And they got their reward when Wayne Routledge was on hand to turn home after Kelle Roos had somehow kept out an Oli McBurnie header from a Matt Grimes corner.

Both sides had chances to find a winner during a frantic and occasionally chaotic final 20 minutes, but Potter felt a draw was a fair result.

“Derby were the better team first half,” he said.

“They deserved to go in 1-0 up and it probably could have been two because they were the better team.

“They pressed us well, we found it difficult to play through them or get any control.

“We probably weren’t at our best either – probably a combination of them getting a really good result at Bristol City and feeling really positive, and we were on the back end of a disappointment.

“It wasn’t from a lack of trying on our part, sometimes you have to hold your hands up and say the opposition are better.

“Second half I thought we responded well. I was pleased with Jay and Declan’s introduction and I thought we were the better team in the second half.

“So, in the end, maybe a draw was a fair result. They’re a good team and I can see why they’re in the play-off places.”