Ash: We deserved "lucky goal"
26th March 2014
Ashley Williams felt the Swans finally received some long overdue luck after their late "comedy goal" salvaged a point at Arsenal.
Garry Monk's side looked to be heading to a cruel 2-1 defeat at the Emirates Stadium after two goals in as many minutes from sub Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud put the Gunners in front.
But the Swans, who had taken an 11th minute lead via Wilfried Bony's header, earned a last-gasp draw as Leon Britton's surge into the box ended with Per Mertesacker's sliding challenge deflecting off keeper Wojciech Szczesny and then ricocheting off Mathieu Flamini before crossing the line.
It was a deserved share of the spoils for the Swans, who took their tally to 30 points with seven games remaining.
And captain Williams, who led by example with a superb performance in the heart of the defence, felt the Swans got what they deserved.
"To get a point against a team challenging for the title is pleasing," said Williams. "There is an element of disappointment because we led for so long, but on the whole it's a good point.
"When you're walking off the pitch you're thinking was it a point gained or two dropped, but when we reflect on the game it's a point that takes us to the 30 landmark.
"But I feel that we needed a goal like that. We've not had luck like that this season so it was nice to finally get the rub of the green.
"Leon got in there and then had a heavy touch before it took a few deflections. It looked like a comedy goal, but we needed something like that to change our luck.
"People sometimes criticise us for trying to score the perfect goal, but today we had a nasty goal and we loved every bit of it."
Williams admitted the positivity around the Swans camp helped the team's charge for their late equaliser.
After the Gunners turned the game on its head with two goals in as minutes, Garry Monk's side kept plugging away.
And the Swans showed their character by striking late on, with Williams full of praise for his team-mates.
"We could have folded when they got two quick goals, but the boys kept their heads up and we got what we deserved," he added.
"We left everything out on the pitch. The boys are knackered but we feel very positive.
"It's important to stay positive. We've taken a lot from our performances in Napoli, Liverpool and Everton despite losing.
"If you stay positive then good things will happen."
The Swans were cheered on by a 2,000-strong Jack Army at the Emirates, and Williams admitted their support played a big part in the late dramatics.
"I really love the away support we receive. We really appreciate the time and money they spend following the club," he added.
"They pushed us on at the end and it gave the boys a big lift when we really needed it.
"Hopefully they enjoyed the performance and result tonight."