Plan was just perfect, says Ash
31st March 2014
Skipper Ashley Williams saluted a long-awaited victory - and clean sheet - before dedicating Saturday's win over Norwich City to head coach Garry Monk.
The Swans picked up three crucial points at the Liberty courtesy of a Jonathan de Guzman brace in the first half while Wayne Routledge's late strike sealed victory.
It was the Swans' first league win and clean sheet in seven games, which moved Monk's side up to 13th in the table.
And Williams was delighted with the overall performance of his team-mates.
"We needed that victory. It was nice to get a clean sheet as well as scoring three goals," said the Swans captain.
"I love clean sheets and we haven't had one for a while. We executed the plan to perfection and that's credit to the lads.
"I've said in previous weeks that we are close to putting exactly the type of performances that we expect of ourselves, and on Saturday we did exactly that."
Williams lauded the quality of scorers de Guzman and Routledge, while Wilfried Bony's trickery played a massive part in the second goal.
He added: "Our front three were very dangerous. Jono's gone from central midfield out to the right and he's done very well in the last two games.
"He's got a lot of energy and quality on the ball and he popped up with two great goals.
"There can't be many players that work as hard as Wayne either, while Wilfried is at times unplayable."
But the centre-back, who made an important goal-line clearance inside the opening few minutes of the second half to keep the Swans 2-0 up, said the team dedicated the victory to head coach Monk.
"Knowing him as well as I do, I know it hurts him even more when we don't get a result because he's been working so hard," added Williams.
"When we don't get the result it sometimes looks bad on him, but he's prepared us well while we've not gone out and done what he's asked of us.
"But Saturday was a good performance and that victory was for him."