Bony salutes most important strike

19th April 2014

Wilfried Bony insists his match-winning penalty against Newcastle was the most important goal of his Swansea City career.

The Swans secured a crucial three points at St James' Park thanks to Bony's stoppage-time spot-kick.

Newcastle went ahead midway through the first half when Shola Ameobi slotted past Michel Vorm, but Bony levelled in added time with a fine header from Ben Davies's corner.

Neither side created any clear cut chances to win the game as the second half ticked on, but the Swans grabbed all three points as the clocked ticked down.

Substitute Marvin Emnes broke clear before being tripped by Cheick Tiote inside the area, and Bony stepped up to net his 22nd goal of the season and lift Swansea six points clear of the relegation zone.

And Bony revealed his winner was the most precious of his time at the club so far.

"You can say that (it was the most important)," he said. "Because it gave us three points that were crucial.

"I was just focussing on two things; one was to score, and the other was looking back at the time on the clock to see how long we had left to play.

"There were no nerves. I practiced in training a few days ago and it's always the same - the only thing that changes is what side to go.

"It's always good when you score in the last minute, but when the team wins its fantastic."

Meanwhile, the Ivorian striker hailed the togetherness of the Swansea City squad as a crucial three points came on the back of successive league defeats against Hull and Chelsea

Garry Monk's side now host Aston Villa next Saturday with just three games left to play this season.

"We have good spirit, and we just do what we have to do," said Bony. "We suffered a bit in the first half, but we got the equaliser and we were in the dressing room thinking about how we could win the game.

"It's great motivation for us, the fans and the club. It was a great win and we hope it gives us motivation for the next game."