Swansea City will be no soft touch, claims Ashley Williams
Swans are looking upwards after second win on the bounce
Sunday 24 August 2014
Swansea have long been praised for their style, but captain Ashley Williams believes manager Garry Monk is adding substance to go with it.
Their 1-0 victory over Burnley, courtesy of Nathan Dyer’s first-half goal on the winger’s 100th Premier League appearance, made it two wins from two to start Monk’s first full season in charge of the Welsh club.
However, it was by no means a comfortable afternoon as, after being over-run, Burnley responded with a terrific second-half display, which would have merited the point they would have gained had striker Lukas Jutkiewicz converted either of two good opportunities.
It gave Williams the perfect 30th birthday present of a victory and a clean sheet, and the confidence to proclaim that Swansea will be no soft touch this season. “It’s something we are aware of – sides thinking we are only a passing side and that we are a bit weak and a pushover,” said the Wales defender.
“We wanted to address that and we did that against a big, strong, physical side like Burnley. We stood up to them and we defended really well against a much bigger team, especially at set pieces.
“It goes to show that when we really put our minds to it, and do our work in the week, we can stand up to anyone.
“In both games we have worked really hard and we are concentrating on working harder than the other sides in all aspects. We will win more than we lose if we can do that.”
It is two defeats from two games for Burnley on their Premier League return, but midfielder David Jones is hopeful a battling effort can inspire a famous victory over Manchester United, to rival their 2009 triumph, next time out.
Jones said: “We’ve had two games to bed in, now we need to move on quickly to the next game. We can do what Swansea did to Manchester United, especially at Turf Moor, where we had a great home record last season.”
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