Date: 11th August 2018 at 6:44pm
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Last weekend Graham Potter made some positive, attacking substitutions during the second half at Sheffield United that helped inspire his team to a 2-1 comeback win, but this Saturday – at home – Potter had to be more conservative with his swaps as his side held on for another three points against Preston North End.

At Bramall Lane, Graham Potter could have settled for a point at 1-1 and brought on Jordi Amat to add extra defensive protection, but instead, he made a like for like change, replacing Asoro early on for Montero straight after conceding the opening goal.

But today, the Swansea boss took a different approach as he needed to make some changes in the second half to help relieve the pressure, as his side were under the cosh for long periods after the restart.

Potter’s first change was after 56 minutes, taking off Joel Asoro (again) for Matt Grimes and switching to a back three. Olsson moved inside as a left-sided defender and Grimes slotted in as a left-wing-back.

With a quarter of an hour remaining, Leroy Fer came on in place of the other winger – Barrie McKay as Potter sacrificed our outball options and pace to add extra protection in midfield.

It might be seen as defensive by some – particularly as we’ve been used to these types of substitutions over the years in the Premier League, but most Swansea City fans could see Potter’s reasoning and were happy to see that he could quickly assess the game and make the changes to solve the problems.

 

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