Harrison Ashby | We have to show character and respond

27th August
First team
Preston away Harrison Ashby

Harrison Ashby says Swansea City must show the character to bounce back from defeat at Preston, and learn the lessons from relinquishing a winning position.

The Newcastle United loanee gave the Swans the lead in the first half with a fine finish for his first goal in senior football – but second-half goals from Andrew Hughes and Duane Holmes meant the Swans would leave Deepdale empty handed.

Getting on the scoresheet was the furthest thing from Ashby's mind post-match, and insists all focus now has to be on responding in the right fashion.

“I know I’ve scored, but losing the game takes over,” he said.

“It puts you in a bad place when you lose, so it’s just about moving on and looking ahead to Tuesday.

“We’ve gone 1-0 up, so it’s one of those where you need to just hang in there and grind it out.

“Even if we have to improve on that side of the game, because we shouldn’t be losing or even taking a draw from that position. I think we’ve got the character in the changing room to put this game behind us and move on.”

The Swans will host Bournemouth at the Swansea.com Stadium in the second round of the Carabao Cup on Tuesday (7.30pm kick-off), and Ashby feels there’s enough desire and quality in the changing room to put in a positive performance against Premier League opposition.

“If we can win that game, that would put a lot of confidence back into the changing room and I think it puts us in a better place,” he added.

“It’s a Premier League opponent, but I think we’ve got the quality in this team to put in a performance, all we can do is look ahead and try to get the win.”