Potter sets sights on festive cheer for Swans

21st December
First team

Swansea City boss Graham Potter is hoping for an early Christmas present in the form of three points against Hull on Saturday (5.30pm).

The 43-year-old and his side are preparing to bark on a hectic run of four games in 11 days over the course of the festive period.

That sequence of games gets under way against the Tigers this weekend, with Swansea looking to record three league wins in a row for the first time in his tenure.

While Potter had plenty of experience of dealing with the demands of this time of year during his lengthy playing career, he has yet to face it as a manager.

During his successful seven years in charge of FK Ostersund, the Swedish season typically ran from April to November.

But Potter is looking forward to the upcoming period, and has his sights set on kicking it off with victory in East Yorkshire, even if he is well aware securing three points will be no easy task.

“No, I have not experienced it as a manager,” he said of the Christmas schedule.

“In Sweden the season finishes in November. It was a little different last season as Ostersunds were playing in the Europa League into December and we were preparing for the Arsenal match this time last year.

“So it’s my first experience of it as a manager and I am really looking forward to it.

“There are lots of games, some really interesting games, big games.

“(Three points) is all you can wish for. We have to focus on the next game, it’s a tough away match against a team who have been in good form.

“They kept a clean sheet against Norwich, which is not easy, and beat Brentford so they are in a good place and we expect a difficult game.

“But we are in a good moment ourselves, we have come through a difficult week and had two wins.

“So something has to give I suppose and hopefully we can come out on the right side with a positive result.”