Potter: We must be better

25th August
First team

Graham Potter admitted he could have no complaints after seeing his unbeaten start as Swansea City boss come to an end against Bristol City.

The Swans went down 1-0 against the Robins, who scored the decisive goal through Andreas Weimann after just 30 seconds at the Liberty Stadium.

Potter’s side battled to find a way back into the game and asked questions of the visitors’ defence in the second half.

But in the end the Swans could not grumble as they suffered a first loss of the season.

“It wasn’t the best of starts, that’s the first thing to say,” Potter said.

“That can happen in football but it’s disappointing and we have to improve on that.

“I thought we recovered quite well for 20 or 30 minutes although we were not quite at our level.

“At the back end of the first half Bristol City were more dangerous and could have added to their lead.

“In the second half we needed to change things. We were a little bit flat in the first half – it was one of those days when it wasn’t quite happening for us.

“Jeff (Montero) and Matt (Grimes) came on and helped us. We got a bit better without being totally convincing.

“We huffed and puffed and got a bit better as the second half wore on, but the reality is that we didn’t do enough to get anything from the game.

“Credit to Bristol City, they were the better team.”

The Swans had been impressive in their previous outing, the 2-2 draw with Leeds United, but they lacked the attacking sparkle they showed then against Lee Johnson’s Bristol City side.

The hosts did have chances, with Bersant Celina going closest when his point-blank shot was saved, but Johnson’s men also had opportunities to extend their lead.

Potter refused to use fatigue as an excuse for his team’s performance, insisting they must learn to cope with the rigours of the Championship.

“Everyone plays Saturday-Tuesday,” he added.

“The early goal didn’t help the mood or our focus. What we are looking to do is maintain consistency in our performance levels. That’s the challenge and we have work to do.

“These things can happen with a new group or a young group of players, but we have to have that ability to go again.”