Ryan Manning scored a brilliant long-range goal to help Swansea produce one of the narrow football results of the weekend in the Championship. Both sides struggled to create much in the first half with the home side improving drastically in the second. Olivier Ntcham and Joel Latibeaudiere had half-chances before Manning scored the match-winner.
Swansea’s Russell Martin: “We were pleased with a clean sheet; we kept a very good team to one shot on target in 90 minutes. We should have scored a couple more goals. We just needed to show a bit more calmness in front of the goal. We started a little bit tense in the first half, we were a little bit flat. But I think that’s to be expected after not playing here in front of our supporters for six weeks.”
Preston’s Ryan Lowe: “I thought we might get something at the end but, in general, I thought the turnovers were too quick. We gave away the ball too cheaply and we were trying to force the pass at times. I wanted us to be a bit braver and on the front foot in the final third. I thought we ran our socks off but it’s just that last little bit; we know we’ve got to try to find a way of scoring more goals and the final ball wasn’t right. The effort is always going to be there but we were just lacking that little bit of quality in certain areas.”
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