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Graham Potter reacts to Daniel James' display v Leeds, two weeks since collapsed deal

Graham Potter Manager of Swansea City celebrates with Daniel James of Swansea City at full time during the Sky Bet Championship match between Swansea City and Millwall at the Liberty...

Swansea City lost to Leeds United on Wednesday night.

Graham Potter Manager of Swansea City celebrates with Daniel James of Swansea City at full time during the Sky Bet Championship match between Swansea City and Millwall at the Liberty...

Swansea City boss Graham Potter has told Wales Online that he thought Daniel James 'gave his best' in a tough night against Leeds United.

The Swans travelled to Elland Road in search of three points on Wednesday night, but came away empty-handed after a 2-1 defeat in West Yorkshire.

Pontus Jansson struck Leeds ahead after 20 minutes, before Jack Harrison headed home Ezgjan Alioski's cross, deceiving Erwin Mulder at the near post.

 

Leeds couldn't grab a third to really kill the game off, and when Luke Ayling gave away a penalty, Oli McBurnie stepped up to score and set up a tense finale.

Swansea couldn't find an equaliser though, and Leeds took all three points to go back to the top of the Championship table after Norwich's defeat at Preston.

The game also saw winger James play against Leeds, two weeks since his deadline day move to Elland Road collapsed at the 11th hour, as reported by the Yorkshire Evening Post.

The 21-year-old played 68 minutes before being replaced by Luciano Narsingh, and Swans boss Potter discussed the wide man's display after the full time whistle.

(L-R) Ezgjan Alioski of Leeds United follows Daniel James of Swansea City during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Swansea City at Elland Road on February 13, 2019 in...

Potter noted that it was a 'tough evening' for James against the club he nearly joined a fortnight ago, but he had 'dangerous moments' and will learn from the experience, before ignoring the talk of Leeds coming back in for James this summer.

"It was a tough evening but he gave his best," said Potter. "It wasn't an easy night for anybody. He had some dangerous moments, you could see what he's about. He'll get better and he'll learn from the experience.”

“I'm not going to comment on what people say in the media, he's our player and until the clubs agree terms then he'll continue to be our player,” he added.

Daniel James of Swansea City in action during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Swansea City at Elland Road on February 13, 2019 in Leeds, England.

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