Short-term focus key for Potter

8th February 2019
First team

Graham Potter has urged Swansea City to keep their focus on the short term as they final run-in of the Championship campaign looms into view.

The Swans have 16 league games remaining this term – with two-thirds of the campaign already in the books – starting with Saturday’s meeting with Millwall at the Liberty Stadium.

Despite defeat at Bristol City last time out, the Swans remain just six points off the play-off places as the business end of the 2018-19 season approaches.

But Potter only wants his squad thinking about the here and now, rather than what could be.

“We just have to focus, there are a lot of points up for grabs and a lot of games to play, so you have to focus on the next one,” he said.

“We are positive, the group is in a good place. I like the attitude every day in training and how they are as a squad. We are going to fight in every game and do our best.”

The Swans will be hoping to complete a league double over Neil Harris’ Lions, having claimed a memorable victory at The New Den back in September.

Despite losing Courtney Baker-Richardson to an early red card, goals from Kyle Naughton and Oli McBurnie saw the visitors fight back from a goal down to take all three points.

But they face a Millwall side in good form, and in buoyant mood after upsetting Everton in the FA Cup last month.

“It was a thrilling win up there, but they are going really well at the moment on the back of a cup run where they beat Everton,” said Potter.

“So they are a team that is really effective and they know what their strengths are. They are hard to play against and it will be a real test for us, particularly at set plays.

“They are well-organised and have some good players in there, but we are looking forward to the game and it will be nice to get to the Liberty, play in front of our supporters and enjoy the game.”