"We must learn from the pain and adapt"

14th April 2019
First team

Graham Potter feels Swansea City’s defeat at QPR served as a reminder of the need for his side to learn to adapt to different challenges in the Championship.

The Swans had headed to Loftus Road on the back of three impressive victories over Brentford, Middlesbrough and Stoke.

Those successes had all come at the Liberty, and they could not translate it to a rare away win in West London after what manager Potter acknowledge was “a nightmare start”.

The Swans were 3-0 down inside 17 minutes as the relegation-threatened Hoops simply roared out of the blocks, with the visitors unable to get to grips with their initial intensity.

And Potter acknowledged that an inability to adapt and adjust to QPR’s high-energy pressing had proved key.

“That is part of the challenge, you have teams who are fighting for their lives to stay in the Championship and they are going to try and use that in their favour,” he said.

“The bottom line is you have to go through the pain, learn and adapt to the situation.

“We will learn from this as a group, because we want to maintain what we do but we have to be able to adapt when we are away from home.

“We didn’t deserve anything from the game. We got off to a nightmare start, and there’s not much more you can say.

“QPR were very good at what they did, and we did not do what we wanted to do well. We have to dust ourselves down and move forward.”