Ash hails matchwinner Gomis
21st March 2015
Ashley Williams hailed Bafe Gomis after the Frenchman struck a late winner at Aston Villa to send the Swans up to eighth.
The key moment came with just three minutes of normal time remaining as sub Jefferson Montero latched onto Wayne Routledge's pass before squaring to Gomis, who slid home from close range.
Gomis had gone close to breaking the deadlock earlier on in the game as keeper Brad Guzan did well to thwart his effort from a Neil Taylor cross while he also headed a Routledge cross over.
But he kept his cool to record his seventh Swans goal, and Williams was full of praise for the forward.
"Bafe was having a tough time throughout the game, but we stuck all with him and we knew one would drop for him," said the skipper.
"Some of his chances he took well, but the defenders managed to block them. But he kept going, and that's important.
"The gaffer kept him on and he got his reward with his goal. Jeff did well to beat his marker and Bafe got away from his own man to tuck it home and it was a good finish.
"He needed that goal and we are all very happy for him. He will gain a lot of confidence from today."
Gomis' goal meant the Swans claimed a league double over Villa, who remain three points off the relegation zone.
And Williams felt it was a performance that was worthy of all three points as the Swans recovered from consecutive defeats to Tottenham and Liverpool.
"It was important for us to bounce back after two defeats, and there's no better result than winning away from home," he added.
"Everyone will see the effort we have put in today. We knew it was going to be difficult physically, but it was a performance where everyone stood up and did their jobs well.
"Everyone did what they had to do. It will be interesting to see the stats in the week because some players were absolutely unbelievable in terms of work-rate.
"When it gets to 60 minutes you have two sides pushing for the victory, and there were some massive performances out there today from our boys.
"We created a lot of chances and we had to wait until the very end to get our goal which I thought was deserved."