Graham Potter said he has “run out of superlatives” to describe Daniel James

Dan James on fire against Stoke City. Image courtesy Swansea City.

by Julie Kissick

SWANSEA City manager Graham Potter praised Wales wonder winger Daniel James, labelling his contribution against Stoke the finest individual performance he had seen.

Potter praised his “incredible” players as they wowed the Liberty Stadium with a high-energy 3-1 win against nine-man Stoke.

But James stole the show again as he produced another mesmeric display and a superb goal in front of an appreciative crowd.

“His desire to run, his courage and then his quality, we’re just lucky I think to witness it today,” said Potter.

“I’ve run out of superlatives. If you look at that performance, if you’re being honest, it’s above the Championship. We’re all just fortunate to witness that performance from Dan and from the team as well.

“He’ll be the first to say he needs the team with him to help him to get the ball and to provide a structure that’ll allow him to go and express himself. I think we’ve managed to do that and then he’s got his quality to go and top it all off.

“To be honest I think that was as good an individual performance as I have witnessed when you consider that Stoke are a good team, they’ve got some good players, and well organised, they don’t concede, hard to score against, hard to beat. But, I just thought that his overall performance was so, so good.”

James, 21, showed no signs of tiring as he tormented Stoke City with every twist and turn.

It was Swansea’s fourth game in eleven days and they produced a masterclass against a Stoke side that hadn’t conceded a goal for almost 10 hours.

“I’m very delighted; very proud,” said Potter.

“When you take it all into consideration it’s just a fantastic evening for us. We’ve been playing well for some time now. We’re in a good place. There was some high quality individual performances there.”

But Potter was characteristically level-headed about the possibility of a playoff place.

“We just focus on the next match. We haven’t got enough points. We’re in a good place, we’re confident, we believe that we can beat anybody but of course we know we can lose to anybody as well if we don’t play well.

“We’re quite a humble group. The lads know if we don’t play well we don’t win and we need points to get to the playoffs so for us, we need to get as close to maximum as we can and see what happens.”

On Oli McBurnie’s return Potter said: “I thought he worked really well for the team. He got into good spaces and showed great attitude. Great assist from Barrie for his goal and nice for him to top off a good performance with a goal.”

And the gaffer reiterated his pride in his side.

“They’re a young group. They’ve been a joy to work with and I’m just so proud of them today. Their energy levels were high. I was astonished to be honest with how good we were first half.”