'Everybody dreams about scoring in front of your home crowd'
BEN Davies is aiming to become Swansea City's first- choice left-back after admitting that scoring for his boyhood club surpassed all expectations.
Davies took his first Swansea goal in style, twisting between Jonathan Walters and Ryan Shawcross before rifling a low shot past Stoke goalkeeper Asmir Begovic.
The emotion in his jubilant celebration was palpable as the Neath product netted for the side he had watched games from just a few years earlier.
It was a moment the defender had dreamed about and afterwards he revealed the experience was everything he hoped it would be. "I didn't know what I was doing, it just came over me that I'd scored for the Swans," said the 19-year-old.
"It honestly was a great feeling and I'm so happy to have done that.
"Everybody dreams about scoring in front of your home crowd. That feeling when the goal went in was unbelievable.
"It was more than I imagined. When it happened I couldn't quite believe it. I was over the moon.
"It's a very proud moment for myself and also for my family."
Michael Laudrup hailed Davies's finish as being worthy of a centre-forward, never mind a rookie defender with fewer than 30 first-team appearances to his name.
Davies has been a revelation since stepping in for the injured Neil Taylor back in September.
The youth-team graduate has grown in stature over recent months, marrying a solid defensive game with increasingly adventurous attacking play.
"It's something I've worked on definitely, but it's a lot down to confidence," said Davies.
"When you first come into the team you just don't want to make any mistakes.
"I feel a lot more confident, I feel the opportunity is there for me to push on and I've just got to show what I can do going forward as well as defensively to stay in the team.
"I just tried my best to hit the target.
"In the heat of the moment it happened, you get in these situations and you've got to make the best of it you can.
"I've always got one or two a season and in the under-18s I went on a run when I scored five in five, but I don't think I scored for the rest of the season."
Davies has gone from stand-in to serious competition for Taylor, who is ruled out for the entire campaign. The teenager is also a rival at international level, having won his first Wales cap in October.
"There's definitely more to come," said Davies. "I'm 19, I've got a long way to go in the game and a lot to learn.
"I think if I keep working hard every day, I've got good management here who will always help me out, so I think there's plenty more to come from me.
"My aim is to put a problem in the manager's mind. Nobody forgets how good a player Neil Taylor is. I've just got to do my best to pose a problem for the manager."