'We can take inspiration from this'

11th March 2018
First team

Alfie Mawson reckons Swansea City can take inspiration from a draw which felt more like a victory at Huddersfield Town.

Carlos Carvalhal’s men maintained momentum courtesy of a valiant defensive performance at the John Smith’s Stadium.

The Swans were left with backs to the wall after Jordan Ayew was sent off with just 11 minutes on the clock following a challenge with Huddersfield’s Jonathan Hogg.

But Carvalhal’s side showed determination, desire and plenty of defensive nous to claim what could be a crucial point.

“We had a few heart-in-mouth moments, but it was a draw that felt like three points,” Mawson said.

“It was a really solid performance and a massive point for us. We dealt with the red card well and did brilliantly to defend and battle for a point.

“Credit to the whole team because we played like a back 10 at times!

“We set out to get a clean sheet regardless of whether we have 10 or 11 players. We showed how resilient we can be.

“A result like that can drive us on. We needed to take something from the game knowing we don’t play another league game until the end of the month.

“We can now go into the FA Cup (against Spurs next weekend) full of confidence and look to deliver another result.”

The Swans felt hard done by over the Ayew red, with Carvalhal insisting Hogg’s challenge had been just as strong.

When their in-form frontman trudged off, the Swans were staring at defeat – but Huddersfield could not find a way through the visitors’ stubborn rearguard.

“It highlights how much Jordan has been doing for us this season, because it felt like we were two men down when he went off,” Mawson added.

“We communicated well and made those critical blocks and headers. We were so proud to earn the point. We thrived off the result and celebrated like it was a win.”