The Swans continued their unbeaten start to the pre-season yesterday afternoon keeping a third successive clean sheet with victory over Swindon Town 5-0 at the club’s training base in Fairwood.
Following victory over Haverfordwest County and a goalless draw with Danish side Brondby in mid-week, Michael Duff’s side produced a pleasing display to secure a commanding win in traitorous conditions.
A first-half goal from defender Nathan Wood had put the Swans in front at the break, before strikes from forwards Joel Piroe, Liam Cullen and a double from youngster Josh Thomas after the break were converted as the Swans proved to be too much for Michael Flynn’s League Two Robins side.
Within the game, there were vital minutes gained under the belt for new signings Josh Key and Jerry Yates, with the former Blackpool striker playing an agreed 30 minutes.
Not resting on the teams laurels, despite an impressive showing, Patterson still thinks with three weeks to go until the start of the season the Swans can still improve.
“It was a really good workout physically. We got another clean sheet which is important, not only for the defensive line but as a collective because everyone must defend,” explained Paterson.
“We scored five good goals which is really pleasing but I think the most important thing today was the game didn’t go our way early on we came through that period doing what we do well.
“Swindon competed and made it a tough game for us, we stayed within the game and our quality shone through off the back of structure and real hard work.
“Everyone works hard for the team and from that, a couple of goals came off the back of that structure and pressing. We’re happy with that but not disillusioned enough to think that’s the finished article and there’s improvements needed in there.
“We know this group has got individual qualities. When we can piece together combinations and counter-press the ball highly we have got pieces on the board that can really hurt teams.
“The gaffer has put them through some really tough moments in pre-season and they have come through that with great mentality. They looked fit today but again there are three weeks to go, and we continue to ramp that up.”
The Swans will next be in action against League One Oxford United at Fairwood on Friday.
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