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Danny's on the goal trail

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19:01 1st January 2013

. . . Graham hopes late strike will boost chances of regular run in side


Danny Graham is hoping his last-gasp equaliser against Aston Villa will earn him an extended run in Michael Laudrup’s starting XI.
The striker netted his fifth goal of the season as the Swans pinched a point after trailing 2-1 going into the final few moments at the Liberty.
Wayne Routledge had given the Swans a ninth-minute lead as the hosts created a number of good chances.
But Andreas Weimann ensured Villa headed into the break on level terms before Christian Benteke edged the visitors ahead in the 85th minute as he beat Michel Vorm from the penalty spot.
The Liberty then erupted as Graham blasted home from close range to ensure the Swans took a share of the spoils.
And for Graham, who also scored in the previous outing at Fulham, it is a goal he hopes will play a big part in keeping his name in the starting XI.
“I was delighted because the first shot was blocked but I managed to smash it past the keeper,” said Graham.
“I was frustrated at not taking my chance in the first half, so there was a lot of anger in that strike that beat the keeper.
“I have confidence in my ability. I feel I can build a great partnership with Michu, and the wingers we have at this club are quality players.
“It would be nice to get a run in the team, but it’s up to me to keep myself in there.
“I’ve scored two in the last two but I know I am not the first name on the teamsheet. I will keep working hard and improving to give the manager something to think about.”
Graham added: “It was a very strange game. We could have been 3-0 or 4-0 up in the first 15 minutes.
“We started very, very well. We had chances left, right and centre, but it’s up to us to take those chances.
“Then they hit us on the break to level before half-time and get a penalty with five minutes to go and looked to have won it.
“It looked like we would get nothing from the game, but we showed a lot of courage and character.
“We got a point in the end, but we are disappointed we didn’t win it.
“We stuck at it, we know we can score goals, so we kept our heads up and got the goal in the end.”

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