. . . Williams praises team after first-leg victory at European champions
Man-of-the-match Ashley Williams hailed the “great team performance” which helped the Swans secure a historic 2-0 win at European champions Chelsea to move closer to a dream Wembley final.
Goals from Michu and substitute Danny Graham at Stamford Bridge ensured it was another red letter day for the Swans as the Champions League and FA Cup holders were added to their list of big scalps.
The 2-0 victory means the Swans take a healthy lead back to the Liberty Stadium for the second leg of their Capital One Cup semi-final on Wednesday, January 23.
And Williams, who walked away with the man-of-the-match champagne after a faultless defensive performance in holding out the likes of Fernando Torres and Demba Ba, pointed to an incredible team performance as the reason behind this fantastic result.
“We went there with a game plan and stuck to it. We’re really pleased it paid off in the end,” said Williams, who skippered the Swans at the Bridge.
“It was a great team performance. As a team we defended and attacked brilliantly. We do it together.”
The Jack Army were in celebratory mood after Michu’s stunning 39th-minute finish put the Swans ahead before Graham pounced on Branislav Ivanovic’s pass-back to round keeper Ross Turnbull and double the lead in added-on time.
But Williams was quick to point out there won’t be any premature talk of a return to Wembley in the Swans camp.
“It’s a massive night for everyone involved with the club,” said Williams “It’s one to enjoy – we’re not getting carried away, but we’ve earned the right to enjoy this.
“We’ve had some great moments already this season, and this is right up there.
“But there’s a lot of hard work to be done in the second leg.
“There will be no over-confidence or anything like that. Chelsea are a big club and great team, so we know we have to be at our best again.”
This victory sets up a tense second leg at the Liberty, and Williams insists the Jack Army will be crucial in helping the team defend its two-goal lead.
“The Liberty will be bouncing again for the second leg,” added the Wales skipper. “We need the fans to drive us on to the final.
“They were unbelievable once again at Stamford Bridge. We could all hear them singing away and that gives us a real lift.
“So to have them pushing us on again at the Liberty for the second leg will be a massive boost for the boys.”