19:56 1st September 2013
. . . Hernandez on his goal and Swans victory at West Brom
Pablo Hernandez hailed Swansea City’s character as they bounced back from their midweek defeat in Europe to pick up their first Premier League points at West Brom.
Hernandez sealed the 2-0 win at The Hawthorns after Ben Davies had given the Swans the lead as Michael Laudrup’s side quickly got over their 2-1 loss to Petrolul Ploiesti in Romania last Thursday.
The Spanish international, who sidefooted home Michu’s unselfish pass with seven minutes to go, was delighted with the way in which the Swans put their previous league defeats to Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur behind them.
“It was very, very important for us to win because we started the season with two losses,” said Hernandez, whose strike was his first away goal since joining the Swans.
“The last two weeks have been very, very hard. When you play in Europe you have a lot of games to play and of course we had to play Manchester United and Tottenham in our first two league games.
“But today we worked hard as a team and we deserved to win the game.
“I was also delighted with my goal – it was a great pass from Michu.”
With the Premier League now taking a break due to the international games, the Swans are without a game until September 16.
It will prove a testing week as they juggle domestic and European commitments, starting with Liverpool at the Liberty before trips to Valencia and Crystal Palace.
But Hernandez – who started his career at Valencia – believes the break comes at the perfect time ahead of a hectic week of fixtures.
“It’s going to be very busy for us with a lot of games, but after some recovery we will be ready to play Liverpool, Valencia and Crystal Palace,” added the 28-year-old.
“For us, it is important to do well in the Europa League as well as the Premier League, so we are looking forward to these games.
“And this win over West Brom has given us more confidence going into those matches.”