Luke Williams | We showed a ruthless side

20th April
First team

Head coach Luke Williams praised his Swansea City side’s ruthless attitude and approach after they saw off relegation-threatened Huddersfield Town 4-0 at the John Smith’s Stadium.

The match had look destined to end in a draw with both sides hitting the woodwork and passing up big opportunities to beak the deadlock, but Swansea’s substitutes brought a new energy to the match.

One of them, Jamal Lowe, put the Swans ahead in the 73rd minute, while three further goals inside eight minutes from Ronald, Jerry Yates and Liam Walsh sealed an excellent away win for the Swans and the travelling Jack Army.

Williams was proud of his players’ application and work rate as they secured a third consecutive victory against a Terriers side fighting for their Championship status.

“I think it was the attitude and the approach to the game by the players that really gave us victory in what was actually a really tough game,” said the Swans boss.

“I thought the opposition were excellent really. They’re fighting so hard for their club and we knew this was going to be a really, really tough game.

“Of course, when we make the breakthrough, it’s difficult for them because they need to push really hard to get back on level terms and maybe this left more space at the top of the pitch and we capitalised on that. 

“But that’s what you need to do, you need to be ruthless in football, and we showed that side today.

“The opposition and the fans made a hostile atmosphere, but we stood up to that, we played football calmly, but we still had the aggression there to compete and that’s why it’s a good day.”

Williams also praised his team’s defensive display. For the second consecutive match, the Swans did not face a shot on target, and the Swans boss believes that is something his team should be extremely proud of.

“Defensively, I’m so happy, I’m delighted,” he added after a third clean sheet in a row.

“The way the boys put their bodies on the line. They did everything that is good about defending. They stood up, didn’t turn their backs, blocked shots, put their bodies there to be in the correct position before things happen.

“I’m so happy with that. There’s a few players in this Huddersfield side that I’ve worked with and I know the quality they have, so for them not to have a shot on target against us … that’s two games in a row the opposition hasn’t had a shot on target, and I respect them so much for that. 

“To be able to achieve that in back-to-back Championship games is some achievement.”