Pot­ter praises McBurnie as his goal drought is ended

Wales On Sunday - - SPORT ON SUNDAY -

GRA­HAM Pot­ter believes Oli McBurnie will ben­e­fit as a player and a per­son af­ter end­ing his goal drought to help Swansea City sink Read­ing at the Lib­erty Sta­dium.

McBurnie had not scored since the win over Mill­wall prior to the first in­ter­na­tional break of the sea­son, a dry spell tak­ing in eight games.

But he ended his wait in fine style with a brace against Paul Cle­ment’s Roy­als.

And man­ager Pot­ter praised the self­less man­ner in which McBurnie had con­tin­ued to put the team be­fore him­self as he waited to find the net.

“He’s an un­selfish guy who isn’t both­ered as long as the team wins and I think he’s con­trib­uted with as­sists,” he said af­ter see­ing McBurnie take his tally for the sea­son to six. “He’s had a good week dur­ing a pe­riod where he’s prob­a­bly learned a bit. He’ll be a bet­ter player and per­son for it.”

McBurnie re­vealed ear­lier this week that he and Pot­ter had spo­ken of life­style changes the striker could make in or­der to cope with the phys­i­cal de­mands of his first full sea­son of Cham­pi­onship foot­ball.

And, while re­luc­tant to dis­cuss the specifics, Pot­ter hopes the al­ter­ations will help the 22-year-old con­tinue to progress.

“The gen­eral theme of the con­ver- sa­tion was that this is his first sea­son in a Cham­pi­onship sea­son with full re­spon­si­bil­ity, and with in­ter­na­tional foot­ball and the crit­i­cism from Scot­land and a few bad re­sults here, things can be­come dif­fi­cult,” said Pot­ter.

“He’s a young guy who’s find­ing his way in his ca­reer and in the world and he needs some help so it was just to make him aware of that.”

The win meant Swansea recorded back-to-back wins for the first time since the open­ing week of the sea­son, as they backed up the mid­week tri­umph over Black­burn.

The re­sult did not come with­out alarms - par­tic­u­larly dur­ing a sec­ond half where Read­ing were much im­proved - but the for­mer Oster­sunds boss ad­mits the over­all trend is cur­rently head­ing in the right di­rec­tion.

“It’s great and I’m re­ally pleased for the play­ers. You have to sur­vive some mo­ments in any game but I thought we at­tacked well and tried to limit them,” he said.

“In the sec­ond-half it be­came a bit more open and we prob­a­bly didn’t play as well, but they changed their sys­tem and we had to come to terms with that. Over­all I’m de­lighted to come away with six points and backto-back wins and an­other clean sheet. It’s great for the sup­port­ers to have back-to-back wins.”

Oli McBurnie cel­e­brates his sec­ond Swansea goal with Con­nor Roberts and Daniel James

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