Set-piece homework pays off for Gylfi
24th October 2015
Gylfi Sigurdsson revealed his previous set-piece goal ten months ago played a big part in his latest stunner in the Swans' 2-1 win at Aston Villa.
The Icelandic international fired the Swans back onto level terms after Jordan Ayew had headed Villa into a 62nd-minute lead.
Aftert being fouled 25 yards out, Sigurdsson dusted himself down before curling a sublime free-kick into the top corner with just over 20 minutes to go.
It proved a key moment for the Swans, who went on to record their first away win of the season courtesy of Andre Ayew's 87th-minute winner.
And for Sigurdsson, it was a case of déjà vu with his last free-kick goal coming against Aston Villa at the Liberty ten months ago.
"It was quite an open game with neither side really creating many clear cut chances," said Sigurdsson.
"So it was important for me to score from the set-piece. It's been a while since I last scored a free-kick - the last one was against Villa last December!
"I didn't think the keeper would move - I watched what he did for the last time I scored against him, so that played a part in which corner I went for.
"They had a few big guys in the wall, but I connected well and once it was over the wall I knew it was in.
"The goal gave us a lot of belief, and we had 20 minutes or so to go and win the game."
Victory ended a five-game run without a win for Garry Monk's side, who now have 13 points from ten games.
And Sigurdsson, whose goal was his second in his last four games, described how important the three points were for the Swans.
"It was a massive three points for us," added the 26-year-old. "It was difficult especially after we went 1-0 down and the crowd were really behind them, but we managed to turn the game around and dig out a win.
"We showed fantastic character".
And Sigurdsson reserved special praise for the travelling Jack Army, with over 2,300 cheering them on to victory at Villa Park.
"The fans were fantastic," he said with a smile. "We had a big following, and it was important for us to get back to winning ways to send them home happy.
"Their support is crucial to us, and we were sat in the changing room happy knowing the fans had got what they came to see."