Hernandez hails importance of Swans support
27th April 2014
Pablo Hernandez hailed the importance of the Jack Army after the Swans secured a vital three points with a convincing 4-1 victory over Aston Villa at the Liberty Stadium.
On the back of another crucial win over Newcastle a week ago, a brace from Wilfried Bony, plus goals from Hernandez and Jonjo Shelvey, handed the Swans another major boost in the battle for top-flight survival.
After Bony had given the Swans a 10th minute lead with a cool finish, Gabriel Agbonlahor levelled the scores midway through the first period.
But the visitors' resurgence was short-lived when Shelvey hit a sublime 45-yard volley over Brad Guzan and into the net just four minutes later.
With just over 15 minutes left on the clock, Hernandez rifled home Swansea's third before Bony added his second from the penalty spot in added time.
And after helping the team to another important victory, Hernandez was keen to highlight the influence of the Swansea faithful in the club's last two results.
"It was a very important victory for us," said the Spanish midfielder. "In the last two games, we have won six important points.
"Today, we wanted this win for the Swansea supporters to help us stay in the Premier League.
"The fans are very important for us. Newcastle was probably the most important game of the season for us, and the fans' support in Newcastle and today was unbelievable.
"I want to say thanks to them for all of their support because it has been very important for the team and the club.
"And I am happy to get a goal to help the team. But the goal is not the most important thing to me. The most important thing for me is to work 100 per cent for the team and to help the team win the game.
"Today is a great day for everyone - for the players, the club and the fans."
Meanwhile, Hernandez felt Shelvey's "important" first-half strike, which restored Garry Monk's side's advantage, was the goal of the season.
"This season, Jonjo has scored some beautiful goals," he added. "I remember his goal against Liverpool, but I think today's goal was the best in the Premier League season.
"It was unbelievable and a very important goal at a time where Aston Villa were in control of the game."