'We will respect the cup'

27th August 2018
First team

Graham Potter has hinted that changes will be made for Tuesday’s clash with Crystal Palace (7.30pm) but insists Swansea City are keen to progress in the Carabao Cup.

The Swans go in search of an upset in what is Potter’s first knockout game as the club’s manager.

He acknowledges the need to focus primarily on the Championship, with a trip to Millwall on Saturday up next in a hectic league schedule.

But Potter will send out a team he feels is capable of overcoming Roy Hodgson’s Palace side, who sit 11th in the early-season Premier League table.

“There are a lot of games in the Championship and we have to prioritise,” he said.

“But at the same time, we want to put a team out we can learn something from.

“We will try to win the game – we will always try to do that.

“We will try to approach the game in a respectful way and we will try to get a positive result.”

Potter does not have a great deal of options in certain areas of his squad.

Nevertheless, the likes of Kyle Naughton, Declan John, Matt Grimes, Jefferson Montero, Yan Dhanda, Daniel James and young striker Courtney Baker-Richardson could all be contenders to come into the Swans side tomorrow.

Potter reckons the Swans are likely to face a much-changed Palace line-up following the Eagles’ 2-1 defeat at Watford on Sunday.

“We are up against a Premier League team so it will be a tough test,” he added.

“They had a game on Sunday so I imagine they will make a few changes, if not the whole team.

“For us it’s a chance to get back out on to the pitch, and you need that sometimes after a defeat.

“We will see who needs some recovery time and who needs a chance to play and then we will pick a team.”