Ash hails Fab performance

12th May 2015

Ashley Williams heaped praise on Lukasz Fabianski and the rest of his team-mates for their "brave" display as the Swans secured a historic 1-0 win at Arsenal.

The Swans completed a memorable league double over the Gunners after Bafe Gomis headed home the winner late on at the Emirates Stadium.

Williams and co had to show their resilience as they kept their 13th clean sheet of the season against one of the top-flight's most prolific scores.

Fabianski, returning to his former stomping ground for the first time since departing the Emirates last summer, made a number of impressive stops to keep the Gunners at bay, while second-half substitute Gomis dealt the killer blow with five minutes left on the clock.

And Williams toasted another "unbelievable" night by lauding his fellow Swans and in particular Fabianski.

"It's unbelievable," declared the Swans skipper. "The season is getting better and better. It wasn't pretty from our point of view, but if you're going to win at the Emirates, it's going to look a bit like that more times than not.

"I'm pleased with the character displayed by the boys - we were brave. 

"We can play some lovely stuff, but sometimes you have to do what you have to do to get the win. There's no point in playing fluid stuff if you don't get the result.

"It reminded me a little bit of the Southampton game. Nobody thought we were going to get anything tonight, but the way we dug in was similar to that game.

"It was a real shift, but there's no better feeling than when you come away from home against a big team at one of the best stadiums in the world and keep a clean sheet and nick the win."

On Fabianski, he added: "Lukasz was unbelievable. He's there to make saves, but the ones he was making tonight - inside the box and outside the box - were brilliant. He's been brilliant all season.

"We're pleased for him. It was his first time coming back here so it was a big night for him."

Meanwhile, Williams also hailed the travelling Jack Army, who once again made the trip to London in their numbers to roar the Swans on to victory.

"The fans always play their part," he added. "We could hear them, especially in the first half when they were behind me. 

"It's funny because we seem to always have a good game here, and they're always in that corner, so it was a bit like deja vu. 

"I'm pleased for them. They pay a lot of money to come and watch us and they have a long journey back, so it's nice they can go home happy."