Williams hails Swansea's defensive display


Ashley Williams hailed Swansea City's new-found defensive strength, as they claimed a third successive Premier League clean sheet to take a point at Crystal Palace.

Since Garry Monk's departure in December, Swansea have picked up five points from a potential 12 following Monday's 0-0 draw.

Williams was a rock at the heart of their defence at Selhurst Park with a number of vital interceptions to keep Palace at bay, but he was quick to praise the whole side as they moved two points clear of the drop zone.

"This is a tough place to come," he said. "We defended brilliantly to get a third clean sheet on the bounce, it is what we wanted and what we needed.

"I am pleased with today's work. It was vital, absolutely necessary.

"We did brilliantly - we knew coming here we would have to defend [a lot] and to be men and stand up, and everyone on the pitch did that."

Caretaker boss Alan Curtis was equally impressed with his players' determination to claim a clean sheet but hinted again that he did not want the job on a full-time basis.

"It was an excellent point against a very good Crystal Palace team," he said. "They showed today why they are where they are in the table. 

"We're unbeaten in three with three clean sheets. That's a huge improvement on where we've been of late.

"No one let us down."

He added: "I've got to say I'm enjoying the job, but as I said to Palace boss Alan Pardew at the end, I don't know how he keeps going as a full-time manager. 

"I've only done it for two weeks, and my voice has gone, looks have gone and my hair's starting to go!"