Victory is a massive lift, says Wayne

9th December 2018
First team

Wayne Routledge reckons Saturday's 3-2 win at Brentford has given the Swans a massive lift.

Graham Potter’s side ended a three-match losing run with a thrilling victory at Griffin Park in which they saw off a late Brentford rally to take three points back to Wales.

The Swans had raced into a 3-0 lead against the Bees, with Routledge putting the visitors ahead after just 33 seconds.

Chris Mepham’s own goal doubled the lead before Routledge’s Rabona cross led to Leroy Fer adding a third after 27 minutes.

The Bees struck back through Ollie Watkins and Said Benrahma, while sub Sergi Canos struck the crossbar in the dying moments as the Swans hung on for victory.

It proved a dramatic finish to a hectic five-goal encounter, and Routledge felt it was a massive confidence boost for Potter’s side.

“We made a really good start. We looked at how Brentford play and it was just an instant thing to attack,” said the winger.

“Barrie (McKay) won the ball and made the run and he saw my move into the box and I was just there to bundle it over the line and make sure we took the lead.

“It was a great start for me and the team and it gave us a great platform to work from.

“We were in dreamland when we went 3-0 up away from home but it is a hard, unforgiving league. The fight we showed to dig in at the end to take points is no mean feat.

“The number of times the woodwork got hit was crazy – five times in all through the game.

“This league is not always going to pretty. You have to earn everything you want in life. Credit to Brentford but I think we deserved the three points with what we delivered in the first half.

“It is a massive lift for us because we went into the game on the back of three straight defeats. It is a big boost for our confidence going forward.”