Routledge delighted to bounce back to victory
22nd March 2015
Wayne Routledge was full of delight that the Swans were able to return to winning ways with a dramatic 1-0 victory at Aston Villa.
Bafe Gomis' late winner meant Garry Monk's men bounced back from Monday night's defeat to Liverpool and moved up to eighth place in the Barclays Premier League.
In a fixture littered with chances for the Swans, Gomis was twice denied by Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan, while Routledge saw an effort of his own cleared off the line.
But with just three minutes left on the clock, the French striker fired home his seventh goal of the season from Jefferson Montero's incisive pass across the box.
And Routledge insisted it was crucial to get back amongst the points as quickly as possible.
"It was important to put a performance in and get the three points after two losses," said the flying winger.
"We didn't play that badly in the two games, but when you don't pick up points, it's important you get back to winning ways as quickly as possible.
"Every Premier League game is difficult, so it dig in and win the way we did was very pleasing. The 40-point mark isn't a stopping point for us; we want to get as many points as possible before the end of the season.
"We always create chances, we kept a clean sheet and scored the crucial goal, so it's a nice feeling."
Meanwhile, Routledge was keen to praise the match-winner Gomis, who he hopes will receive a boost thanks to his late goal.
He added: "Bafe is always in the right positions to score the goals. Hopefully today will be the start of a run for him.
"He's a good player who has played in the Champions League. We all see the quality he has.
"Hopefully today's goal will give him belief, so that he can score more."