Jordan Morris could have hardly picked a bigger test for his first Swansea City start. After a pair of substitute appearances, Morris got his first extended run out in a FA Cup match against Premier League leaders Manchester City.
Although it didn’t get the storybook finish, Morris earned praise for his 66-minute performance in a 3-1 loss.
“It was important for him to start, important to get minutes,” Swansea City coach Steve Cooper told the media. “He did have flashes of what he could do. We’re not disappointed in him for sure. He’s only going to grow and improve for us.”
Morris’ best moments came in the first half and mostly when he was able to use his speed. Early on, Morris found some room on the wing and broke in behind the Manchester City. He put a dangerous cross into the box that just missed connecting with fellow forward Jamal Lowe but then was cleared away. He also was able to stretch Manchester City’s defense and seemed to have a couple openings, but his teammates failed to find his runs.
“The two substitute appearances he’s made for us, he’s looked a handful and there were one or two signs of that tonight,” Cooper said. “I’m sure he’s going to contribute in a positive way going forward.”
Swansea City’s next match is on Saturday at Sheffield Wednesday.