Saturday 21 July 2018

Caretaker Britton proud of Swansea fightback

Swansea City 1 Crystal Palace 1

Leon Britton, Caretaker manager Player/Manager of Swansea City and Tammy Abraham of Swansea City shake hands after the match. Photo: Getty Images
Leon Britton, Caretaker manager Player/Manager of Swansea City and Tammy Abraham of Swansea City shake hands after the match. Photo: Getty Images

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Caretaker manager Leon Britton claimed a Swansea first in this draw - but admits he does not know whether he will be in charge at Liverpool on Tuesday.

Britton was in the dugout for the first time following the sacking of Paul Clement on Wednesday and saw Jordan Ayew's thunderous 77th-minute strike cancel out Luka Milivojevic's penalty.

Roque Mesa (l) celebrates the Swansea goal with team mates. Photo: Getty Images
Roque Mesa (l) celebrates the Swansea goal with team mates. Photo: Getty Images

It was the first time this season that Swansea - who will spend Christmas bottom of the league, four points from safety - have taken a point from a game in which they have conceded.

"I was really pleased with the performance, I thought it was what we deserved," Britton said. "The character we showed after going 1-0 down was brilliant. I'm very proud for the efforts they gave me, not just today but over the last few days in difficult circumstances.

"We didn't settle for a point after we scored, we kept pushing and if one team was going to score again it was ourselves."

On whether he will be in charge at Anfield on Tuesday, with Swansea hoping to make a swift appointment, Britton said: "I haven't heard anything new. I spoke with the chairman (Huw Jenkins) and the owners on Friday. We're ready to be in training and prepare for Liverpool until I'm told anything different.

Wilfried Zaha of Crystal Palace is challenged by Kyle Naughton of Swansea City. Photo: Getty Images
Wilfried Zaha of Crystal Palace is challenged by Kyle Naughton of Swansea City. Photo: Getty Images

"I enjoyed the game as much as I could. There's been a lot going on in the last couple of days and it's all very new being out there in the technical area. I enjoyed it more because we had some form of result, but the full-time job is not something I'm looking to do on a permanent basis at this moment in time."

Palace will spend Christmas in 16th place after extending their finest unbeaten Premier League run to eight games.

The Eagles are two points above the drop zone, a remarkable achievement considering they failed to register either a point or a goal in their first seven games.

"I was hoping we would continue defensively as we had been doing when we took the lead," said Palace boss Roy Hodgson, who has overseen the revival after being brought in after the first four games of the season. "After Swansea scored an excellent goal, the last 10 to 15 minutes became more end-to-end with chances at either end.

"We've been at the bottom for the large part of the season but we've been picking up points - sometimes only one - but we've got to be satisfied with that.

"We've had two difficult away games at Leicester and Swansea and taken four points from them, and I think I've got to be more than satisfied with that."

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