Potter: Spirit key for Swans

1st February
First team

Graham Potter has praised the spirit his team are showing as they look forward to Saturday’s clash between two of the form teams in the Championship.

A trip to Ashton Gate to face Bristol City lies in wait for Swansea City with both sides proudly guarding unbeaten records they will be looking to maintain.

The Swans are unbeaten in seven games in all competitions, while it is a dozen games since the Robins tasted defeat and they have won their last six.

Swansea ensured their sequence without suffering a loss was extended thanks to Oli McBurnie’s last-gasp equaliser against Birmingham in midweek.

It was the sixth time the Swans have come from behind to take a positive result, picking up 14 points from those comebacks.

And Potter has been proud of the fighting qualities the Swans have shown.

“We have tried to portray these players positively, I think we have done that and they have done that fantastically themselves,” he said.

“If you look at how we have turned games round, how we have scored late goals, it is an indication that there is something there.

“It’s an indication that there is a spirit there, and that is very important as a foundation to go forward with.”

But the 43-year-old is fully aware of the task at hand against the Robins having seen his side lose to an early goal at the Liberty in August, and praised the job Lee Johnson has done in turning them into promotion contenders.

“Lee Johnson has done a great job there. They beat us earlier in the season, deservedly so, and they look a team who are in form and have a great understanding of what they are trying to do so it will be a tough challenge,” added Potter.

“They have cohesive units, a big squad that can compete and all that you need to be around the play-off positions. We will go there and do our best.”