"Unlucky" Jay praised for fine form

5th April 2019
First team

Graham Potter admits Jay Fulton has been unlucky to find himself looking on from the sidelines recently after declaring the midfielder's showing against Brentford as his best of the campaign to date.

The 25-year-old Scot has made 30 appearances for the Swans so far this season, with his form earning him a contract extension which he signed in November.

But he has been in and out of the side over recent months, before making a big impression in the FA Cup defeat against Manchester City.

Manager Potter acknowledged the former Falkirk man had been unfortunate to lose his place for the game at Nottingham Forest.

But he was restored to the starting XI against the Bees, and turned in a fine display, including two key tackles on the edge of his own area to kick-start one of a number of threatening Swansea attacks.

And, while he might not grab the headlines, Potter is fully aware of the attitude and application shown by Fulton.

"There are guys who do not quite get the headlines who are performing well for us, be it Kyle Naughton, Wayne Routledge, Mike (van der Hoorn) and Matt Grimes at the back, Connor Roberts did his best too. It is hard to single people out after a great team performance," he said.

"But I thought it was Jay's best performance of the season. He was fantastic in the first half for us, winning a lot of balls for us.

"He has probably been a bit unlucky, he came out of the team after Manchester City and probably didn't deserve to. It is one of those conversations you hate to have as a coach. 

"He has trained really well, maintained his level and done his best every day.

"When you have that attitude and that approach you can improve, and it was his best performance of the season."