Steven Benda proud to make debut, but ready to keep working hard
Steven Benda was proud to make his Swansea City debut in a winning cause on Saturday, but the German wants to make sure that outing is no one-off.
The 22-year-old – who celebrated his birthday last week – was called in between the sticks against Millwall as Freddie Woodman was laid low by a stomach bug.
And he produced a solid display, showing plenty of confidence with some excellent passing with the ball at his feet, as well as making a fine late save to prevent Jake Cooper levelling for the Lions.
While he was unable to keep out Tom Bradshaw’s shot shortly after Jake Bidwell’s opener, Benda more than played his part in the Swans seeing out the game after Ben Cabango had restored their lead.
And he is hungry for more action should the opportunity come.
"I'm immensely proud to make my debut. I came here three years ago and there’s been a long road through the under-23s, I went on loan and have come back for this season,” said Benda, who joined the Swans having been spotted by former keeper Gerhard Tremmel.
“I've been working hard and I got my chance. I'm very proud.
"In the first half, we played very well and dominated the ball. The second half was a bit scruffy and you could tell they were a bit more aggressive.
“Obviously, it was an important three points and I think we've done well to get the win.
“The thing is I have to want more. In training, you always have to work hard and wait for your chance. I'm thankful that I got it.
“I think I did well in the first half, and I think I've helped the team. The most important thing is the three points and it's a good start to the season.
"I'm always working hard and trying to show what I can do. I just have to take my chances when I get them.”
Benda returned to the Liberty this summer on the back of an impressive loan spell at Swindon.
He kept eight clean sheets in 27 appearances at the County Ground, helping the Robins win promotion as League Two champions.
And he believes that exposure to regular first-team football has been crucial for his development.
"I think it was the best thing for me to do - going on loan and getting game time and experience of playing men's football,” he added.
“It helped me grow and develop as a player and made me ready for the next step.
“Obviously, it's very different to under-23s football, it's a lot more physical. You need to be stronger and always talking to your back line.
“I took a lot from that, I feel I am a better goalkeeper because of it and I hope that can help Swansea."