Sam Surridge savours opening Swansea City account
Sam Surridge savoured his first Swansea City goal after pouncing to score the clincher in the 3-1 win at QPR.
The striker, on loan from Bournemouth, opened his Swans account after being introduced as a substitute at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium.
The Swans were 2-1 up when he made his entrance, and he put the game to bed as he headed in Andre Ayew’s cross from close range.
It was Surridge’s first goal at Championship level, and he was thrilled to see it help secure three more points for Steve Cooper’s side.
“It’s brilliant for us to get the three points, and for me to get my first goal is a massive moment for me and I’m happy with that,” he said.
“It’s not an easy game to come on into when it’s 2-1, and you’ve got do make sure you retain the ball for the team.
“That’s part of the job when you are in a situation like that, and then getting the goal obviously helps.
“I knew the defenders were going to step up as a lot of them do, so I was waiting for the pull back and when it came across I knew Andre would find me as he is a quality player.”
It’s been a whirlwind couple of weeks for Surridge, who completed his move to the Liberty in the final week of the transfer window.
He made his debut as a substitute at Derby a few days later, with appearances against Northampton, Preston and QPR following in rapid succession.
But the 21-year-old feels he is adjusting well to life in his new surroundings.
“It’s been a big month for me with all the games and settling in,” he added.
“I’ve found somewhere to live now, which is great and I’m looking forward to getting that sorted, and the gaffer and the players have been great helping me settle in.
“It’s a long season ahead, there’s plenty of games to go and I am looking forward to it.
“Confidence is high as a group, we are joint-top and we have a big game on Sunday against Birmingham.”