Wonder-strike well worth the wait
GOALS from Ben Davies are few and far between but, when they do arrive, they are certainly worth the wait.
The young left-back had to bide his time for his first senior goal, finishing with the finesse of a seasoned forward as he stroked in the opener in a 3-1 win over Stoke in January.
It was a memorable strike, taking the ball in his stride and sliding a low finish into the bottom corner to round off a swift Swansea attack.
He had to wait almost eight months for his next goal, and it arrived in some style against West Brom yesterday.
Running into the box to meet a cross from Pablo Hernandez, Davies did not even have to break stride as his controlled left-footed volley flew into the top corner.
That goal gave Swansea the lead at The Hawthorns, laying the foundations for a thoroughly deserved 2-0 victory.
And although Davies was delighted to claim only his second senior goal, what made him happiest was the fact that his side had registered their first Premier League win of the season.
"There was a lot of space for me in the area and I was just hoping to get a sweet connection," he said. "Luckily I didn't have to think about it too much — I hit the target and it went in. It's a great feeling to score goals and hopefully there is more to come.
"I know people say it all the time but it's not about me, it's about the team. It's great for the team to get three points.
"I don't set myself goal targets — my aim is to play a good game of football and the benefits that come with it."
Davies's goal was the highlight of an excellent personal performance, while Swansea produced an accomplished team display to dispatch a ragged West Brom side.
"Overall it was a very good performance from us," Davies added. "We could have scored the second a lot earlier and closed the game out but we took the three points in the end.
"We dominated the game and deserved to win. West Brom had periods (of pressure) in the game but we were always confident we were able to play our way out of trouble.
"The plan was to hopefully suck them in and catch them on the counter-attack, and we could have had a couple more. We knew that if we could get Michu into space then he would always create chances for us."
Davies be one of a clutch of Swansea players who will now link up with their national sides for the forthcoming World Cup qualifiers.
The Swans will reconvene for a Premier League match at home to Liverpool on Monday, September 16, and they will return with three points on the board.
Having lost their opening two games to Manchester United and Tottenham, Michael Laudrup's men had found themselves at the bottom of the table — but the outlook is altogether brighter after yesterday's win at The Hawthorns.
"It was important to pick up points against teams not in the top six, and there was a bit of pressure on us today," said Davies. "We didn't want to be going into the international break with no points and we're very happy to get the win.
"We're going to experience a lot of swings and roundabout this year with the amount of fixtures we've got coming up, but we go out on to the pitch hoping to get three points."