2019 – so far, so good, two away games, two victories, 7 goals scored, only conceded and a long-awaited clean sheet in last weekend’s FA Cup 3rd round win at Aston Villa.
Swansea City head to Preston North End on Saturday, a third consecutive match on their travels and an opportunity to get three wins on the bounce (in all competitions) for the first time this season.
If there’s one word that you could use to describe our season so far then it’s ‘inconsistent’.
Our longest run without a defeat is four games which was right at the start of the season. Before our recent three-match unbeaten streak, we lost 5 in 7.
After the 3-0 win at Aston Villa in the FA Cup, Graham Potter spoke about the importance of the second half of the season and we could see more consistency in his team and formation selections.
“It’s the third round of the FA Cup and you can see our supporters here. We’ve had a period where we haven’t had the same 11.”
“The team we had against Reading, apart from Oli McBurnie, we thought we’d go with again.
We want to try and build momentum and consistency and an improvement in the team.” – Graham Potter
After experimenting with such a number of different player combinations and formations already in 2018/19 – which some supporters believe has significantly contributed to our inconsistent results, could we now see a more established starting XI as we continue into 2019?
Barring injuries and suspensions, it looks likely based on these comments from Potter.
After scoring in that win at Villa Park, Nathan Dyer also spoke about gathering momentum:
“We wanted to gather momentum moving forward so it’s good to have back to back wins and another solid away performance,”
“The boys’ mindset is we are in the second leg of the season and we have to be concentrated and focused on the objective. The gaffer and the coaches are there to make sure we stay on point too.
“It’s nice to get on the scoresheet but overall it’s a team game and it’s about getting stronger as a team, and we are forming those bonds and that’s what I liked about the performance.” – Nathan Dyer
Is there any reason for Graham Potter to make changes to his team for Saturday’s trip to Reading? Other than Oli McBurnie’s return after an illness, I can’t see any. After all, like at Reading, it was another impressive away performance and hopefully we can produce another one this weekend.