'That was for our fans'

29th September 2018
First team

Graham Potter was delighted to give the Jack Army something to cheer after Swansea City’s comprehensive 3-0 victory over Queens Park Rangers.

The Swans won at the Liberty Stadium for only the second time in 2018-19 as they dominated Steve McClaren’s Rangers side.

Courtney Baker-Richardson opened the scoring after 16 minutes as he hooked home his first senior goal from Oli McBurnie’s knockdown.

And despite passing up a couple of big opportunities to go further in front, the Swans eventually put the game to bed thanks to late goals from Connor Roberts and Jay Fulton.

“I said before today that we haven’t played as well as we would have liked at the Liberty and it was important to play well in front of our supporters,” Potter said.

“Our supporters have been brilliant. They have stuck with us even though we haven’t given them too much to cheer about at home. I think they have appreciated our effort.

“But today we took a step forward in terms of our performance and what we are trying to do.

“It’s only one step forward. We have another game on Tuesday so we can enjoy this for a nanosecond before we have to start thinking about the next game.

“But I am really proud of the players. They have worked really hard all season and to get three points, three goals and a clean sheet is a reward for them.”

The Swans might have secured victory earlier than they did, but Baker-Richardson passed up two more good opportunities in the first half while Bersant Celina and George Byers both threatened after the break.

“In the second half we caused our own problems a little bit,” Potter added.

“We had control but our play caused us some problems.

“In the Championship you might need that bit of luck, and we got that when they had one chance at 1-0 but didn’t take it.

“We survived that and then got the second goal, which was the killer goal.”

Potter made three changes to the side which started last weekend’s creditable draw at Middlesbrough, with Baker-Richardson, Celina and Tom Carroll recalled.

There were also alterations to the way his team lined up, with Kyle Naughton and Matt Grimes switching from midfield to right-back and left-back respectively and Roberts playing on the wing.

Oli McBurnie, meantime, played in a deeper attacking role with Baker-Richardson leading the line.

“The players are open-minded,” Potter said.

“They try to do well and they want to do their best.

"They are not perfect just like I’m not perfect, but we have an idea and we try to make it work, then we feed back and move forward.

“We have got stuck a little bit at home, and I thought having Matt and Kyle who can step into midfield from full-back helped us.”