Ash: Plenty of positives

23rd February 2014

Ashley Williams felt there were plenty of positives despite Sunday's 4-3 defeat against Liverpool at Anfield.

In a hugely entertaining contest, the home side raced into an early two-goal lead through Daniel Sturridge and Jordan Henderson.

However, former Liverpool man Jonjo Shelvey pulled one back with a fine strike before Wilfried Bony headed home a deserved equaliser.

Sturridge grabbed his second to put the hosts back in front, but Bony made it 3-3 soon after half-time from the penalty spot after he was fouled by Martin Skrtel.

There were chances for either side thereafter but it was Liverpool who grabbed all three points when Henderson tapped home with fifteen minutes to play.

But despite the defeat, Ashley Williams was upbeat and hailed the character of the squad after twice coming back from behind.

"There were lots of positives to take from the game," said the skipper. "And it's the comeback that we are pleased with.

"There have been times where we might have gone under but that didn't happen today. We gave it a right go and got back into the game so many times.

"And it's unlucky that you do that and don't get anything from the game. Unfortunately for us the chances that they had they scored."

Record signing Wilfried Bony had an eventful afternoon meanwhile, as his two strikes took his tally to 19 goals this season.

And after another positive day for the Ivorian, Williams paid tribute to the striker and insists there is still more to come from him.

"I think it's all about confidence," he said. "And that's a massive thing for a striker. He knows what he can do and he knows that we love him as well.

"We are trying to play through him and he's involved in the build-up play a lot more. He wants to score goals and he's taking his chances, and we're pleased that he's firing.

"If he can maintain his performance level he'll be very dangerous."