Ben aiming for double joy
26th April 2014
Ben Davies is aiming for a double celebration this afternoon as he bids to end his week on a high.
The Swans defender played a crucial role in last weekend's win at Newcastle - providing the assist for Wilfried Bony's first-half equaliser.
Bony himself then went on to earn all three points with a last-gasp penalty - a result that moved Swansea six points clear of the relegation zone.
But it has been an extra special week for Davies, who celebrated his 21st birthday on Thursday.
And the Neath-born star is hoping for another three points this afternoon to end what has been a momentous seven days.
"I think it would cap a perfect week if we can get three points," he said.
"I haven't been able to celebrate properly yet but hopefully that can come on Saturday with a win!
"We are looking to get the three points, and if we put the performance in that we know we're capable of, then it's definitely a possibility.
"Our form is something that we've got to work on and hopefully we can start that on Saturday."
Following back-to-back league defeats against Hull and Chelsea recently, the Swans were looking over their shoulders in the race to avoid the drop.
Just three points separated themselves and the Premier League's bottom three prior to last weekend, but a wonderful victory in the North East was a timely boost.
"It was a massive win," said Davies. "We knew it was one of those games that was crucial for us, and one that was a chance to give us a boost.
"I think you could tell from the celebrations just how big those three points were. Everybody was ecstatic.
"But we know the job isn't finished yet and we need to push on from here."
Despite falling a goal behind at St James' Park last Saturday, the Swans showed their character to turn the game on its head and travel back to SA1 with the spoils.
And following reports in the media of training ground unrest, Davies insists it proved the perfect tonic to securing all three points.
"We just turned a blind eye to it all really," he said. "You only had to look at the performance at Newcastle to see that there is no disharmony within the squad. Everyone was fighting together.
"It wasn't a pretty performance - it was probably more gritty than anything else.
"But we had to just hang in there and we knew that a chance would come.
"Fortunately we got it right at the end."
Indeed, it took an ice-cool finish from top scorer Wilfried Bony to seal the win.
The Ivorian frontman took his tally to 22 goals for the season - his debut year in English football.
And Davies was full of praise for the powerful striker as he enhanced his growing reputation in the Premier League.
"He's an incredible player for us," he said. "And he's been exceptional this season.
"Someone who gets that many goals in a team that's been in the bottom half of the Premier League is incredible.
"He's great to have around the camp. He's someone everyone here loves playing with.
"And we are all just really happy with him banging the goals in."
With just three games left to play this season, the stakes are high at both ends of the table.
The Swans are aiming for back-to-back league wins for the first time since December 2012 this afternoon.
And in what has been a gruelling campaign - today marking Swansea's 52nd game this season - Davies believes its important to try and finish with a flourish.
"They (Aston Villa) are probably going to come and try to win the game," he said.
"Both teams are still in and around it so three points would help both of us massively.
"It's a 38-game season and if that means that we win our games towards the end then so be it.
"Nobody is taking it lightly - we want to in every game we've got left.
If we apply ourselves right then I'm sure we'll be able to achieve that."