Ben Hamer | Let's build on second-half showing

16th January
First team
Ben Hamer

Ben Hamer wants Swansea City to use their performance in earning a point at Huddersfield as a foundation to start climbing up the Championship table.

After five weeks without a league game, the Swans battled back to claim a 1-1 draw thanks to an equaliser from Flynn Downes.

Goalkeeper Hamer also played his part, making a trio of magnificent saves – two of them denying Terriers midfielder Lewis O’Brien – to help Russell Martin’s side snap a three-match losing run in the second tier.

Now Hamer wants the Swans to return to winning ways as soon as possible as they prepare for the return of fans to the Stadium next weekend.

“It was a classic game of two halves, they were probably the better team in the first half,” he said of the draw with his former club.

“The goal we conceded was disappointing and as a team I think we have got to do a lot better in those situations.

Huddersfield Town away Ben Hamer

“We got the block in for the cross but the ball then seemed to be there for an eternity before they got the shot off and scored.

“I could have done better with the save too as I could have tried to push the ball into a better area.

“We had a few words at half time and went out for the second half and showed what we are capable of.

“That performance is us, that is the sort of level we were at when we had a good run earlier in the season.

“There are plenty of positives to take, and if anything we are disappointed we did not take all three points considering the control we had.

“We could have nicked it at the end and their keeper made a lot of good saves and we want to kick on from this and start winning.

“We have got games in hand but we need to win those and we need to take this performance into the Preston game next week. We have shown we are capable of being a very good side.”

Hamer’s impressive showing came with new signing Andy Fisher among the substitutes at the John Smith’s Stadium.

Ben Hamer and Dean Thornton

And the experienced 34-year-old is relishing the competition, as he has all season with Steven Benda – now on loan at Peterborough – and Lewis Webb.

“Listen, you need that competition and you want that competition. Steven and Lewis are really good goalkeepers, and so is Andy,” added Hamer.

“It does not matter who it is, it’s about coming in every day, training well and performing well.

“Steven was always pushing me because of how well he trained. He was obviously disappointed not to be playing but he was always pushing me and wanting the shirt. You have to respond to that.

“I am fortunate to be playing at the moment, Andy has come in and he has been very impressive in training so I have to take that onboard and be ready.

“I have to keep my performances up because like everyone he is going to want to be playing.”