English Premiership

Williams proud of battling Swans

Ashley Williams (TEAMtalk)
Ashley Williams (TEAMtalk)

Cape Town - Swansea City captain Ashley Williams has hailed his team's character after scoring the winning goal to beat Arsenal 2-1 at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday.

The Gunners took the lead early on through Joel Campbell, but Wayne Routledge drew the Swans level in the 32nd minute before Williams got on the end of Gylfi Sigurdsson's free kick for a 74th-minute winner.

"I'm so proud of the guys," the Wales international said.

"It's a difficult place to come against a very good team who are trying to win the league.

"I was obviously very happy to score the goal - it was an important goal - but the most the important thing is that we came here, showed a great attitude and pushed on when we were drawing to get three points.

"We made a lot of changes to the team and went a goal down, but we showed a lot of character and determination to come back. They had a lot of chances, but overall I felt we deserved something from the game.

"There were a lot of people that didn't think we would get anything from the game, but we have to back this win up with another win on Saturday or else it counts for nothing."

The Welsh side are currently 16th in the Premier League standings, just six points above the relegation zone, but Williams believes that their victory in London will boost confidence ahead of their next match against Norwich City at Liberty Stadium.

"We'll just take it one game at a time but it's nice to prove to ourselves again that we can go anywhere and pick up points," he concluded.