MX23RW : Monday, December 17 13:09:39

Potter content as Swans share spoils

Only Nottingham Forest had previously avoided defeat at Wigan this season.

Swansea manager Graham Potter was satisfied to share the points with Wigan after a Sky Bet Championship stalemate at the DW Stadium.

The Swans became only the second team to avoid defeat at Wigan – after Nottingham Forest – and on another day may even have returned home with a priceless away win.

Wigan goalkeeper Christian Walton certainly earned his money with a string of fine saves, while only quick thinking from centre-back Chey Dunkley denied Oli McBurnie a tap-in right at the death.

At the other end, Swansea goalkeeper Kristoffer Nordfeldt pulled off an outstanding save with an outstretched foot to deny Wigan substitute Will Grigg, who was gifted the chance by an awful backpass.

“It’s a bit hard to digest that so soon after the end, it felt like a bit of bedlam at times,” said Potter.

“I thought we played well in patches, created some good chances, and I thought the spirit was fantastic.

“They had some big moments as well, and overall you’ll take any point at this level, a clean sheet and plenty to build on.”

Potter was delighted his decision to bring in Nordfeldt for Erwin Mulder between the sticks was fully vindicated.

Nordfeldt did not put a foot wrong all night and was there when his side needed him in the final quarter to thwart Grigg.

“We’ve got a really solid group where everyone is ready to come in and help the team,” the Swansea boss added.

“With it being a three-game week, we thought it would be the ideal time to use Kris’ assets.

“We knew Wigan were a high-tempo pressing team and would be defending from their front six in our faces.

“We thought Kris could help us with that, it was a great opportunity to rest Erwin, and we’re just lucky we have two fine goalkeepers.”

For Wigan assistant boss Leam Richardson, it was a welcome point on the back of a heartbreaking late defeat at Norwich last weekend.

“For a neutral, I don’t you’ll see many better 0-0s, full of attacking play,” he said.

“Both goalkeepers had to be at their best to keep it scoreless, and I think both sides will be content with a point.

“The way they played was no surprise to us, no surprise at all.

“They’re a newly-relegated Premier League team with some good players and a good management staff.

“We’d had them watched and we knew exactly how good they could be, with their rotation.

“On the flip side, we’re newly-promoted from League One, and we’re still on a big learning curve in this division.

“Our back four, back five, is probably as young as you’ll get at this level, but they’re doing a good job.

“We had to defend well at times but so did they, and I think both sides cancelled each other out.”


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