Fab salutes Swans' attitude

11th March 2018
First team

Lukasz Fabianski praised his side’s character and attitude after the 10-man Swans battled bravely to a precious point at Huddersfield Town.

The Swans had to play with 10 men for 79 minutes after Jordan Ayew saw a harsh red for a challenge with Terriers skipper Jonathan Hogg.

But Carlos Carvalhal’s side dug in defensively and came away from the John Smith’s Stadium with a goalless draw that could prove crucial in their battle for Premier League survival.

“It was difficult going down to 10 men so early in the game,’’ explained Fabianski.

“From that moment on we knew it was going to be tough as they are a very good side when it comes to playing the ball from the back and keeping possession.

“What was smart from our point of view was that we just focused on defending well. We made sure we kept their chances to a minimum. We wanted to keep a clean sheet and then see what we could get from the game.

“It doesn’t feel like a victory. It was a draw, but a very important draw.

“What it shows is the character of the team and a never-give-up attitude. That was the main thing to take out of the performance.’’

Fabianski not only looked solid throughout dealing with a bombardment of crosses, but he pulled off a magnificent save from Steve Mounie as Huddersfield piled on the pressure in the second half, tipping the striker’s powerful volley onto the bar.

“I managed to get a touch and it hit the bar,’’ he added.

“It happened so quickly, but perhaps I’ll have another look at it on the TV again later and judge it then.

“The main thing was that we kept a clean sheet and picked up a point. It’s not about individual performances. It’s all about the collective and I think we showed that with our performance.’’