Williams salutes Jack Army

17th May 2015

Ashley Williams saluted the Jack Army for their magnificent support this season after the Swans went down in a six-goal thriller to Manchester City in the final home game of the season.

In a thrilling encounter at the Liberty Stadium, the Swans were beaten 4-2 despite going toe-to-toe with last season's champions.

After seeing a host of chances go begging early on, the Swans found themselves trailing by two following goals from Yaya Toure and James Milner.

But the Swans showed their character to find a way back into the game as Gylfi Sigurdsson clawed one back before half-time, while Bafe Gomis levelled just after the hour-mark.

And despite Toure restoring Man City's lead and former Swan Wilfried Bony rounding off a 4-2 victory for the visitors, the Swans received a fantastic ovation from the home supporters upon the final whistle.

"We would have liked to have won our last home game, but it was a tough game for obvious reasons," said the Swans skipper.

"The lap of honour was to say thank you to the fans. They know that we appreciate them at home and our travelling fans. We didn't get the win, but we tried our best. 

"Overall, it's been a good season. It's the exact season we wanted. 

"We've had our ups and down, but we've had way more ups than downs. We've worked hard in every game and had a lot of good performances.

"We have one more game to play and we want to finish on a winning note, then we will re-focus on next season."

Meanwhile, Williams paid tribute to former Swan Bony after the striker received a raucous reception from the Swansea faithful.

He added: "Wilfried has a lot of respect for them (the supporters), and the reception was nice because he did a lot for the club in a short space of time. 

"He was sad to leave, but he felt he had to go. He has a great relationship with everyone here and loves the city. The respect goes both ways."