Potter rues bad start to second half

2nd February 2019
First team

Graham Potter felt his Swansea City side paid the price for making the worst possible start to the second half at Bristol City.

The Swans had headed to Ashton Gate unbeaten in seven matches, but goals from Andreas Weimann and Callum O’Dowda ensured that run came to an end against the in-form Robins.

The visitors had created the better openings during a tight first half, but the momentum of the game shifted once Weimann headed in just 41 seconds into the second half.

If left Swansea facing an uphill battle and – although George Byers hit the post from distance – O’Dowda put the game to bed with 16 minutes remaining.

“I thought it was an even game first half, a good game with two good teams trying to play football,” said the Swans boss.

“We had some moments and they had some moments. It’s 0-0 at half-time and then we probably get off to the worst possible start in the second half which makes it more difficult for us.

“But we kept going, had some possibilities without being really dangerous in the final third, then the second goal just took wind out of our sails a little bit,

“We opened the game up a bit more trying to get a goal back and it becomes a bit more open."

And Potter felt playing a third game in a week had added an extra degree of difficulty to Swansea's efforts to get back in the game.

“The boys gave everything, we have had a heavy week and that was probably reflected in the second part of the second-half performance.

“I thought we went toe-to-toe first half but from not too much we concede. It’s a good goal from their perspective and it’s not great from ours.

“That changes things. We kept going George hits the post and we push along but the second goal made it a bridge too far against a confident side and a good side.

“We have had three games in a week and that, if anything was the challenging bit, and the manner in which they started the second half just added to the challenge.”