Skipper's delight at opening day performance

8th August

Ashley Williams declared Swansea's positive start to the 2015-16 season as "very pleasing" after they earned a hard-fought 2-2 draw at Chelsea.

In a scintillating opening day contest at Stamford Bridge, the Swans came from behind twice as Andre Ayew scored on his debut and Bafe Gomis converted from the penalty spot to earn Garry Monk's side a share of the spoils.

After Oscar had put the hosts in front in the 23rd minute, Ayew opened his Swansea count, stabbing home from close range after Thibaut Courtois had kept out Bafe Gomis' header.

Willian then saw his attempted cross deflect off Federico Fernandez and into the net, before Courtois was sent off after bringing down Gomis, who converted from the spot.

"We're very pleased," said Williams. "To get a point at Stamford Bridge, under any circumstances, is a good point.

"I think our performance was very pleasing. We worked hard all game and limited the champions to very few chances.

"I felt that we had the better chances in the match, so it's a pleasing day for us. We could've won it, but we don't want to get carried away. 

"In the first half we did well - they posed us a few problems, but we looked to fix that at half-time. We came out in the second half and really pressed them. Our tempo was high, then the goalkeeper got sent off and we smelt blood.

"It doesn't have the same feel as last year at Old Trafford, but it's a similar sort of performance. It gives us a lot of confidence.

"When the fixtures came out, everyone thought this would be the most difficult fixture, but we turned it around today and showed we're ready for this season."

Meanwhile, Williams was eager to thank the travelling Jack Army for their support throughout the 90 minutes, which helped spur the Swans on.

"The supporters made a lot of noise and really drove us on in the second half," he added. "They pay their hard-earned money to come and support us, and we need that at places like this."