'We must learn the lesson'

6th October 2018
First team

Graham Potter admitted Swansea City were left to learn a painful lesson after they were beaten 3-2 by Ipswich Town at the Liberty Stadium.

The Swans dominated possession for long periods and created a host of chances against visitors who had not won a game all season before today.

But Ipswich scored three goals which were soft from a home perspective to leave Potter’s men licking their wounds.

The Swans had started brightly and took the lead after eight minutes courtesy of a Janoi Donacien own goal.

Yet Ipswich levelled on27 minutes through Liberty old boy Gwion Edwards, and four minutes later they were in front thanks to Mike van der Hoorn’s own goal.

The Swans got the leveller they deserved 11 minutes from time, with Ipswich old boy Bersant Celina scoring a fabulous first for the club.

But as the hosts went in search of a winner, it was Ipswich who snatched victory six minutes from the end through Trevoh Chalobah.

“We have played really well in the last two games and come away with one point,” Potter said.

“That’s the nature of the game and the nature of the Championship.

“The important thing is that we don’t throw ourselves under the bus after a defeat just as we don’t get carried away by a win.

“We know we are a work in progress and sometimes you need experiences like this to be better.

“Some of our attacking play today was really good, but you are playing against good players at this level and you don’t have to get too much wrong in a game to get punished.”

The Swans had come into the game in good form and looked to be on course for a second successive home win after the early opener.

But their failure to show the miserliness which has been a hallmark of their season so far cost them a result.

“We started really well. We got a good goal and we pushed and pushed for the second,” Potter added.

“We had really good momentum and produced some good attacking play.

“Then we concede a goal from not too much. That knocked us back a bit – that’s a learning experience for us.

“Then the second goal goes in quickly and we are looking for a response.

“We kept going throughout. Ipswich always carried a threat on the transition, but the spirit the players showed was pleasing.

“We created chances and the effort was fantastic.

“We got ourselves back in the game so then to concede a third goal in the manner that we did was obviously disappointing.

“It’s the old adage – if you concede three goals, it’s hard to win football matches.

“There were a lot of positives in the match but we have come away with nothing and we have to deal with that.”