Luke Williams | We could have made it easier, but the effort was there again

13th April
First team


Luke Williams admitted Swansea City could have made easier work of their victory over Rotherham United but was happy with the application of his side.

The Swans made it back-to-back wins at the Stadium after Andy Rinomhota steered a Liam Walsh corner into his own net with 16 minutes to play.

The hosts dominated possession, with Millers keeper Viktor Johansson denying Liam Cullen, Jamie Paterson and Ronald among others.

Swansea have now won four of their last five games in SA1 and, while Williams felt the margin of victory could and should have been bigger, he was pleased with the effort levels as his side backed up their midweek win against Stoke City.

“I think we could have made it a bit easier for ourselves, but our application was excellent again,” he said.

“The aggression was there, the intensity was there and a small amount of more quality actions in the box would have made it more of a fun day for us all.

“But, ultimately, we kept a clean sheet and we won the game, it’s back-to-back wins and two performances with the correct level of application and that is a really important for me.

“We had a really short turnaround, I trusted the players who played in the Stoke game to go again after a short recovery, and they did that.

Rotherham celebration

“That has to be part of our identity as a minimum, that we will sacrifice everything for the shirt, but let’s improve the quality.

“We made a lot of crosses and had 12 shots in the box, but it would be nice if we could score a few more goals and create more excitement and good memories for people to leave the stadium with.”

Following the full-time whistle, Williams made a point of encouraging striker Liam Cullen to acknowledge the backing of the supporters, which the head coach felt was reward for a workaholic display.

“He ran himself into the ground again, after such a short turnaround,” added Williams.

“The players are the ones who put the effort in on the pitch, I don’t run around on the pitch like Culls did today.

“He left every single thing out there, and pressed the opposition, and I liked that so it was nice to do that together with the fans.”