Swansea City work is paying off, says Alfie Mawson
12th February 2017First team
Alfie Mawson reckons Paul Clement's attention to detail is paying off after Swansea City climbed to 15th in the Premier League thanks to victory over Leicester City.
Mawson crashed home a volley before Martin Olsson drilled in an equally emphatic second goal to secure a 2-0 triumph.
It was the Swans' fourth win in six Premier League games since Clement was appointed.
And Mawson reckons the new head coach's influence is shining through on the pitch.
"He is a very positive person," Mawson said.
"He is massive on the details. He said we have to work hard on this and we have to work on that, and we are working very hard on those things.
"We are going home tired after training, but we know we have had a great session.
"We are doing the basics right now and we have our confidence back. He knows what he wants and you can see from the results we have had that it is working."
Mawson's goal was his third in six games after he netted against Crystal Palace and Southampton, two other matches where Clement's men emerged victorious.
The Leicester strike was his best yet - Mawson reckoned it was probably the best of his career - but the former Barnsley man insisted he took more satisfaction from a rare clean sheet.
"I was pleased with the goal," he added. "I connected really well with it and when I looked up it was in the back of net.
"The feeling at that moment was pure elation - I was very, very excited.
"I am a centre-back but if I can chip in with a few goals I will. I love scoring them when I can.
"But truthfully, the clean sheet means more to me than that goal."
Mawson celebrated his strike by running from one end of the field to the other before delivering a dance routine.
"It was between me and my missus," he explained with a smile. "When I was at Wycombe, I had a little purple patch and we devised a little dance move between us.
"I said to her that if I got another goal I would do it again, and today was the day.
"It was on telly so I hope I don't get too much abuse on Twitter!"
Mawson's grin was reflected throughout the Swans camp after what was a morale-boosting win.
Having taken 12 points from their first 19 league games this season, Clement's side have taken another 12 from their last six top-flight fixtures.
"Leicester was a massive game for us," Mawson said.
"We felt we deserved something last week when a few results went against us.
"This week, results have gone our way and we have won, so we have taken a little step forward.
"It's massive for us - for the club and for the city.
"Now we have to keep going the way we are and make sure we stay in the league."