Ash remains proud and positive despite defeat
22nd November 2014
Swans captain Ashley Williams called on his team-mates to feel proud of their performance despite falling to defeat at Manchester City.
Garry Monk's side tasted their first loss in four Barclays Premier League matches as the hosts came from behind to win 2-1 at the Etihad Stadium.
Wilfried Bony had put the Swans in front after nine minutes before Manchester City levelled through Stevan Jovetic.
Gael Clichy saw his thunderous effort tipped onto the post before the break while City went on to win the game thanks to Yaya Toure's second-half goal.
The Swans, however, had chances late on to claim a point as subs Bafe Gomis and Jonjo Shelvey saw efforts fall wide.
But the hosts held on for victory as the Swans continue their search for a first Premier League point at the home of the defending champions.
And Williams remained upbeat despite the defeat, insisting the team can feel positive of their display.
"It's one of our best performances at Manchester City," said the centre-back. "We left with nothing which is disappointing but we worked hard and fell just short at the end.
"You can see the progress we have made from the first time we played at Manchester City. The most important thing is to take the positives from it.
"The pleasing thing is that even at the very end we were creating chances. And for their fans to be calling for the final whistle shows how much of a game we gave them."
Williams also paid tribute to the 1,800 Swans fans who made the trip to Manchester.
He added: "This defeat hurts, just as it does the fans. Their support was fantastic today - we all could hear them singing away behind the goal.
"Getting that level of support when you're away from home pushes you on even more.
"We want them to know that every single player really appreciates that the fans travel around the country and pay good money to follow this club. It was a shame we couldn't send them home with a point, but we gave everything we had."