"A semi-final would be brilliant for the club"

16th March 2019
First team

Graham Potter knows just what reaching an FA Cup semi-final would mean for Swansea City, even though he dare not look any further than this evening's quarter-final clash with Manchester City (5.20pm).

In his first season at the helm, Potter is one game away from managing what only two previous Swans managers have achieved; reaching the last four of the famous knockout trophy.

If he is to follow in footsteps of Joe Bradshaw and Trevor Morris, his side will need to pull off the sort of giant-killing feat which has become part of the folklore ot the FA Cup.

It has been a challenging time following relegation from the Premier League, with Potter and his young squad tasked with rebuilding and re-establishing a sense of identity.

A trip to Wembley would be quite some reward, but they face a City side still able to clinch a quadruple and on a 10-match winning run that has seen them average three goals a game.

Nevertheless, Potter knows what an upset tonight would mean for everyone connected to the club.

"It would be brilliant for everybody because you look at Swansea’s history, it doesn’t happen often," he said. 

"But we’ve got the small matter of Man City to overcome so we can’t think too much about that.

"But it would be a semi-final of the FA Cup at Wembley, so it's a fantastic carrot for us."

If Swansea are to advance they will need the likes of Daniel James to turn in fine performances, and the speedy winger played a big part in helping the Swans get this far with his match-turning display against Brentford in the last 16.

That included his remarkable solo goal which saw him simply steam away from a number of Bees defenders over 85 yards before finding the net.

It is set to go down as an iconic FA Cup goal, and Potter hopes the Wales international can have an impact against a team he views as the best in the land.

"Dan has had a fantastic season, it is his first season, he is still learning but he shows great quality and characteristics," said Potter. 

"And we know his last performance in the FA Cup was a match-winning performance.

"So we need Dan to perform to his level, and if he does he has the pace to worry anyone."