No blame here: Grimes praises Rodon despite error that lead to Sheffield Wednesday opener

Leroy Fer and Matt Grimes in action for Swansea City v Sheffield Wednesday. Image courtesy of Swansea City.

by Editor & Adam Evans

A RARE error at the back from Swansea youngster Joe Rodon gifted Sheffield Wednesday their opening goal in yesterday’s Championship clash at the Liberty Stadium.

The Swans had to come from a goal down, but two goals in less than two minutes sealed the points for the home side.

Much to the relief of the home support, second half substitute Bersant Celina and Wayne Routledge scored two quickfire goals to win the match 2-1.

But midfielder Matt Grimes had nothing but praise for his team-mate Rodon for his ‘top quality’ contribution to the Swansea cause.

“Myself and a lot of the lads said to him (Rodon) as well that it’s probably his first mistake all season. You don’t need to worry about that,” Grimes said.

“Things are going to happen. We’re a footballing team, we like to play out from the back and we all like to get on the ball.

“We’re going to make mistakes and we’re going to concede goals from it. It’s just the nature of the beast really.

“Joe’s been top quality all season, he doesn’t need to worry about it in the slightest.

“We all know our ability. We all know we want to play a certain type of way, so little things like that, I know we conceded a goal but even if we concede and lose it’s the way we want to play.

“If we lose games playing the way we want to play, then so be it.”

Grimes also commended Swans veteran Wayne Routledge’s performance after he scored the winner – his second goal in two matches.

“Wayne’s been top class all season, he’s so experienced and coming into the team we knew he’d fit right in.

“He’s shown that he’s still got a lot left and he wants to prove to everyone that he wants to be in the team.”

Routledge’s Swansea future looked to be in doubt last month as manager Graham Potter suggested that a lack of game time might mean a move away from the club in the January transfer window.

The 33-year-old has played more than 230 games for the Swans and is out of contract at the end of the season.

Swansea will be hoping to continue their match-winning form with a long away trip to Championship strugglers Hull City next Saturday.