Potter thrilled by Swans' spirit

2nd September 2018
First team

Graham Potter has saluted the spirit of his Swansea City players on the back of their rousing comeback win at Millwall.

The Swans made it seven points from a possible nine on the road this season yesterday courtesy of a thrilling win at The Den.

Potter’s men were on the back foot in South London after Courtney Baker-Richardson was sent off just five minutes into his Football League debut.

And they were staring at defeat when Murray Wallace headed Millwall in front on 62 minutes.

But the Swans dug deep to produce a remarkable fightback, with Kyle Naughton levelling 14 minutes from time and Oli McBurnie snatching a late winner.

It is the second time this season that the Swans have won on the road despite falling behind, a feat they had previously achieved at Sheffield United.

They also scrapped their way to a goalless draw at Birmingham City despite being under pressure for long spells, and it is that combination of away-day efforts which has pleased Potter.

“The results we’ve had away from home have been down to spirit,” he said.

“We’ve been to some hostile places – Sheffield United, St Andrew’s on a Friday night and Millwall – but we have managed to be resilient.

“We have stuck together and we have had enough quality to be a threat to the opposition, which I think is important.

“If you don’t have that spirit, you are dead in any league. If you are relying on talent alone, you are in trouble.

“We went to Millwall full of respect for what they have done. They have been great at home, so to get a win was an amazing feeling for us.”

The Swans have had to cope with a lot of change following relegation from the Premier League, with a host of senior players leaving SA1 over the summer.

And Potter has been delighted with the way his new-look side have come together.

“We want to create a spirit in this team and we want a connection between the players and the supporters,” he added.

“I think we have a nucleus of young players here that we can build something with.”