Fernandez hails defensive partnership
24th March 2015
Federico Fernandez hailed his defensive partnership with Ashley Williams as the Swans returned to winning ways with victory over Aston Villa.
The Swans grabbed all three points at Villa Park thanks to a late strike from Bafe Gomis with just three minutes left on the clock.
The result moved Garry Monk's side back up to eighth place in the Barclays Premier League going into the final international break of the season.
It also saw the Swans keep their 11th clean sheet of the campaign - just three short of the 14 that was achieved in 2011-12.
And Fernandez, who made a key tackle on Christian Benteke in the Swans box in the first half, was full of praise for his fellow defensive partner and skipper Williams following the side's latest shut-out.
"It is important to keep clean sheets," said the Argentina international, who returned to the starting line-up at Villa Park after missing the defeat to Liverpool for family reasons.
"Aston Villa are a difficult team to play against. They are very physical, with players like Benteke up front, but Ash (Williams) put in a great performance alongside me once again. He is a very experienced player here and I have played a lot with him.
"Overall it was a fantastic win. We played some very good football in the first half without scoring. In the second half we had to work very hard to get that goal but I was very happy with the three points.
"It was nice to see Bafe get his goal, and the three points were just as important. We must now look ahead to Hull - the objective for us to beat 47 points.
"The team is still ready for more and we feel great. We'll have another good week's training and be ready for Saturday's game."