Consecutive wins the target for Ash
23rd April 2014
Ashley Williams insists the Swans are keen to claim consecutive league wins for the first time since December 2012 on Saturday when Aston Villa visit the Liberty.
Not since victories over West Brom and Arsenal at the end of 2012 have the Swans claimed back-to-back victories in the Barclays Premier League.
Now they aim to end that streak by following up last weekend's thrilling 2-1 win against Newcastle United at St James' Park when Villa arrive in SA1.
"We know we haven't won back-to-back league games for quite a while, and that's not good enough considering the squad we have," said the Swans skipper. "It's something the players want to address and we have that opportunity at home against Villa on Saturday.
"To win this game would not only give us momentum but it will also add some points to our tally. We want to build on the result at Newcastle and finish the season really strongly."
Wilfried Bony's 92nd minute penalty completed a memorable comeback at Newcastle last weekend, with victory moving the Swans onto 36 points - six clear of third-bottom Cardiff - with three games to go.
Players and staff celebrated together on the pitch at St James' Park before thanking the 1,000 fans that made the long trip up to the North East.
And Williams felt the scenes on the pitch typified the unity within the club as the Swans look to guarantee their Premier League status.
"We have a tight group here - people don't realise that," added Williams.
"Certain stories have come out this season in the press, but within this building we know the situation. The staff are great and everyone is working so hard.
"It was great to get a win at Newcastle last weekend. We pushed hard to the end and we got our reward, and the celebrations between the staff and players on the pitch showed the unity we have in this club.
"And it was important to include the supporters in that. They paid a lot of money to get up to Newcastle and it was a long trip for them too, and we wanted them to know how much we appreciated that effort.
"We battled back from 1-0 down and the support we got from that fans was immense. We could hear them signing away from the top of the stand - which must feel like miles away for them because it's very high up - and it really pushed us on to getting that winning goal."