Ash: Plenty to build on

9th August 2013


Ashley Williams insists there is still plenty to build on after the Swans progressed to the next round of the Europa League.

Michael Laudrup's side produced another solid display to earn a goalless draw against Malmo, meaning a 4-0 aggregate win for the visitors.

The Swans will now enter the play-off round as they bid to reach the group stages of the competition.

And Williams, who oversaw an eighth clean sheet in nine games, reflected on a job well done in Sweden.



"A draw away from home is always a good result, especially in Europe," he said. "There were times when we didn't have the ball and that was good because it meant we had to be organised defensively.

"We have already spoken about being a bit more ruthless and finishing teams off when we have the chance.

"The competition is new for a lot of us and we are learning more as we go along.

"The crowd were loud, it was similar to playing an international game away from home and it was a great experience for everyone.

"But our fans were unbelievable. They have waited a long time for this and we just want to enjoy it as much as possible."

Michael Laudrup made seven changes to the side that won 4-0 in the first leg at the Liberty Stadium.

It meant a first start for Spanish duo Jose Canas and Alejandro Pozuelo - two of Laudrup's summer recruits from La Liga.

And Williams believes that squad rotation is important as the Swans battle on four fronts this season - with the Premier League season getting underway next weekend.

"All the players need game time," he said. "We are going to need everyone this year, and all the new lads have settled in well so far.

"We knew it was going to be a tough game and I think it was perfect preparation for us ahead of Manchester United."