Potter: We deserved all three points

2nd March 2019
First team

Graham Potter felt Swansea City fully deserved the three points after scoring two late goals to beat nine-man Bolton at the Liberty Stadium.

The Swans completely dominated the contest but the game remained goalless with 11 minutes remaining.

The hosts had missed a first-half penalty through Oli McBurnie, while Wanderers had seen Craig Noone and David Wheater dismissed.

Bolton clung on stubbornly, but were eventually undone when McBurnie fired home his 17th goal of the season, with Bersant Celina sealing the three points in stoppage time.

The result moves Swansea to within seven points of the play-off places, and Potter praised the patience they had shown against obdurate opponents.

“They made it hard for us, we know no Championship game is easy,” said the Swans boss.

“I thought we created chances in the first half, missed a penalty of course, and had control of the game other than one opportunity they had in the box.

“The role of the game was us trying to find the attacking solutions, that is the hardest role to play on a football pitch but I thought we did it really well in that first half, apart from scoring which is the hardest bit.

“The second half was a bit stop-start, but in the end we managed to find a way, to find the solution. Credit to the players because it is not easy and I thought their focus and concentration was of a real good level.

“They showed understanding as well because a team going down to 10 men does not necessarily give you an advantage in the key areas of the pitch.

“We had to overcome that but if you look over the 90 minutes we deserved the win, and I am really pleased for the players who put a lot of work in.”