Potter: Sold-out Christmas clash a great opportunity

24th December 2018
First team

Graham Potter believes facing Aston Villa at a sold-out Liberty Stadium on Boxing Day (3pm) offers his side the ideal opportunity to bounce back from their Hull disappointment.

The Swans fell to a 3-2 defeat on Humberside, despite controlling long spells of the game and having chances to claim all three points.

But, given the hectic nature of the festive schedule, they do not have to wait long for the chance to make amends as Dean Smith’s team head to SA1 on Wednesday.

Despite their defeat to Leeds, Villa have been in good form of late under former Brentford boss Smith, with former Swans striker Tammy Abraham among the goals.

Swansea lost 1-0 at Villa Park in the reverse fixture back in October, but Potter hopes things will be different with his team on their own turf.

“It’s absolutely a chance to bounce back. It’s a great game in that respect against a team with a lot of good quality players,” he said.

“Dean has added something to them as a team since coming in and we know it is going to be a difficult match.

“But is Boxing Day, we expect a full house, our support has been amazing and we hope everyone has had a good Christmas Day and they can come and really get behind the players because it will be a tough challenge for us.

“We want to try and improve everywhere, but if you want to be successful you have to be good at home.

“We have got better at that but it’s a good challenge against a good team. It is up to us to be positive, to try to win the match and give the supporters something to get behind.”