Potter: We hung in there and got our rewards

19th April 2019
First team

Graham Potter praised his players for hanging on in there to extend their winning run at the Liberty Stadium with a thrilling 4-3 triumph over Rotherham.

It proved to be a topsy-turve afternoon in SA1 in a game you daren’t take your eyes of, which ended with eight minutes of stoppage time and the Swans clinging on to keep out the Millers.

The Swans had trailed 2-1 at the break as Michael Ihiekwe and Matt Crooks found the net either side of Oli McBurnie’s 20th goal of the season.

But the Swans got on top in the second half as Barrie McKay, George Byers and McBurnie added to the home side’s tally.

The drama was not over as Will Vaulks pulled one back with a stunning volley, and Kristoffer Nordfeldt had to make a brilliant save from Michael Smith to preserve the victory.

And Potter was proud of how his side showed the character to make it six league wins in a row at the Liberty and remain unbeaten at home in the Championship in 2019.

“Rotherham are not easy to play against, they make life very, very difficult for you with their style of play,” said the Swans boss.

“But credit to the boys, they stuck to their task, they got four goals and had a few more chances.

“At the same time the keeper has had to save us a few times too, and that was what I expected to be honest.

“I thought it would be hard to control the game, to get so much rhythm.

“We attacked quite well first half, but the scoreline can affect you because you are down after a couple of actions in your box.

“I am really pleased for the players and the support was incredible for us.

“The contrasts of play were there to see, but you have to compete and it is good to see us win a game like that where the opposition are fighting for their lives but you could see it mattered to us.

“We wanted to win, we came through and got the three points. The players gave everything so I am really proud today. We hung in there, and that is what you have to do.”