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Swansea captain Williams urges team-mates to dig deep to avoid relegation scrap

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By James McLean

Monday 20 January 2014

Swansea captain Ashley Williams has urged his team-mates to dig deep to turn around the club’s ailing season, reports BBC Sport.

Ashley Williams

With the Swans falling down to 15th in the Premier League table following their 3-1 defeat by Tottenham at the weekend, the club find themselves only three points ahead of Welsh rivals Cardiff, who occupy bottom spot in the league table.

Swansea find themselves facing four consecutive games against other teams who are finding themselves struggling this season, and Williams believes a good set of results in those games will be tantamount to a successful season – and potentially Premier League survival itself.

He said: “The next four games are going to be important. We need points and the pressure is on. If we put a little run together, we can pull ourselves away from it," he added.

“We haven't won in eight [league games] and we're still not bottom, so I can take a positive from that. We've now got four games against teams in and around us, so they are going to be important.

“The season doesn't end in February, but it's an important period. If we can get wins against these teams, it also stops them from picking up points.”

Williams is convinced that wins against those four teams – Fulham, West Ham, Cardiff and Stoke – will be massive in the Swans’ bid to avoid a scrappy relegation battle, and says the players are all too aware of the battle they face.

“No-one is too good to go down, but we feel we're a good team. At the start of the season we were not looking at being in this position. We're talking and working to get out of it.

"It's time to pull together and really show when it counts. We've got to dig in. That's the way it is - it's football.”

Boss Michael Laudrup recently publically stated that the club are in trouble after suffering their third consecutive defeat when they played Spurs, with the Welsh outfit having not won since their 3-0 win over Newcastle on December 4.

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