Mission accomplished for Ben Wilmot
It was mission accomplished for Ben Wilmot after the defender marked his first league start for Swansea City with the South Wales derby winner.
The 19-year-old centre-half headed in Wayne Routledge’s cross in the 24th minute for what proved to be the only goal of a game Swansea had the better of.
The margin of victory could have been greater, but there were few complaints from a sold-out Liberty Stadium as the Jack Army celebrated jubilantly.
And while it was Wilmot who wrote his name in South Wales derby folklore, he knew it was a day that was all about the result rather than any one player.
“I’m very pleased. The most important thing today was the win,” he said.
“Everything was down to pride out there and we had to make sure that we got the win.
"It didn’t really matter who got the goal but it was nice for me to get off the mark.
“The atmosphere was brilliant; the fans were so loud and behind us. It makes such a difference it’s incredible. When you hear them all through the game, it just gives you that extra push.
“It’s definitely right up there in terms of my career highlights. It’s early days, though; I’m still only 19 so I need to get my head down, keep working hard and see where it takes me.
“I’ve been thinking about doing that all week, so it was nice to see it come off. I’ve made a lot of people happy today, so it’s mission accomplished.”