Swansea City must press to impress Francesco Guidolin, says Ashley Williams
26th January 2016
Ashley Williams believes the Swans are already reaping the benefits from Francesco Guidolin's reign as head coach.
The Italian guided the Swans to a first ever league win over Everton in his first game in charge.
Goals from Gylfi Sigurdsson - from the penalty spot - and Andre Ayew moved the Swans four points clear of the dropzone on Sunday afternoon following a 2-1 win at Goodison Park.
And Williams feels Guidolin's experience and tactical qualities - in particular the team's high-press approach - have already given the Swans a real lift.
"He's come in and he's been brilliant. He's given the place a bit of a lift and he's very animated," said the Swans skipper.
"He's got through what he wants during training sessions, and hopefully he was happy with what he saw but can still identify ways to improve too.
"The pressing game is something that the gaffer wanted to instil quickly in the first few days - trying to win the ball back higher, being on the front foot.
"You can see in the clips there that the midfield put a real shift in, with boys on the front foot, not letting them have any time and trying to win the ball high.
"And, especially in the first half, I thought we did that really well.
"Everyone has tried to impress him and I'm pleased for him that he got a win on his first day."
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