Potter thrilled by Swans' spirit

13th September 2018
First team

Graham Potter has told his players to ensure standards do not slip after lauding the “resilience, togetherness and spirit” on show in the early days of his Swansea City reign.

The Swans return to action against Nottingham Forest this weekend having secured a remarkable victory at Millwall in their last Championship outing.

Potter reckons that win, when the Swans fought back from 1-0 down despite having Courtney Baker-Richardson sent off after five minutes, summed up the character his team have shown since day one of 2018-19.

And he wants to see more of the same in the months ahead as the Swans look to maintain momentum.

“Millwall was an amazing experience,” Potter said.

“I have been in football a few years now and I can’t think of too many times where we’ve gone down to 10 men so early, gone behind and then come out with a win away from home.

“But there have been signs of that resilience, togetherness and spirit in all the games we’ve played this season.

“If you reflect on the 11 points we have got so far, they are a lot to do with that togetherness, that sprit and that fight we have shown.

“Our challenge now is to make sure we maintain those levels and at the same time improve as a football team.”

Potter has taken heart from the performances his new-look, youthful team have produced in the early stages of the season.

The Swans have had to cope with the loss of a host of senior players following relegation from the Premier League, with Potter handing a number of youngsters the chance to impress in a first-team shirt.

"11 points from six games is a decent return, especially when you take into consideration the transitional period we have been in,” Potter added.

“There have been signs of how we want to play in games, but there has probably been a bit of a mix of the good, the bad and the ugly so far.

“We have done some really good things in parts of the games against Sheffield United, Preston and Leeds.

“Birmingham was not so good, Bristol City was a learning experience for us after going a goal down early on and then we showed fantastic resilience at Millwall.

“What we have to is maintain the things we have done well while also knowing that we can improve.”