Davies: The future's bright
27th March 2013
Ben Davies envisages a promising future for club and country after the recent international break.
The 19-year-old featured for Wales in their 2-1 win in Scotland last Friday, before he won his fifth cap in Tuesday night's 2-1 reverse to Croatia, which leaves their 2014 World Cup qualifying hopes appearing slim.
Today, the left-back was back in training with the Swans ahead of Saturday's home clash with Tottenham Hotspur.
And with the Swans enjoying life in the top half of the Barclays Premier League - along with their Capital One Cup success in February - and Wales showing promise under Chris Coleman, Davies believes there are successful times ahead on the domestic and international stage.
"It was mixed emotions for us over the international break because we did so well to come behind to win in Scotland, but then came the disappointment of defeat to Croatia," said Davies.
"It's not easy going to Scotland and beating them on their own patch, but we got through it and it gave us a huge lift.
"Then Croatia came to the Liberty, and I thought we gave a really good account of ourselves.
"Yes it was disappointing to lose, but we started the game very well, passed the ball around and managed to take the lead and create more chances. "It was quite similar to the way we play here at Swansea, and I really enjoyed that.
"They are a top side, and they managed to get back into the game in the second half. To concede two late goals was disappointing, but I think we showed a lot of promise.
"There were plenty of positives to come from the last few performances, and I think there are exciting times ahead for the national team."
Davies can expect to face his international team-mate Gareth Bale on Saturday, with the Spurs winger scoring Wales' opener against Croatia.
Other familiar faces in the Spurs camp are former Swans loanees Steven Caulker and Gylfi Sigurdsson - two players who made huge impacts at the Liberty last season.
And Davies insists the Swans are fully prepared for what should be one of their toughest tests at SA1.
"Now the international games are over, the focus is now on Spurs for us," he added.
"Like we encountered with Wales on Tuesday, we will face a team packed with quality.
"Obviously they have the likes of Bale, Aaron Lennon, Clint Dempsey, Gylfi and Caulks, but no matter which team you face in this league you always play against quality players.
"We gave a good account of ourselves at their place (a 1-0 defeat at White Hart Lane), but we'll be looking to put the record straight and get back into the winning habit after two losses on the bounce.
"There's eight games left and we want to finish the season strongly and keep us in the top half of the table.
"That means getting results against the top teams in the league, starting with Spurs."