Ashley Williams calls for unity after Swansea worries increase in defeat at Norwich City

Cameron Jerome of Norwich and Ashley Williams of Swansea City in action during the Barclays Premier

Cameron Jerome of Norwich and Ashley Williams of Swansea City in action during the Barclays Premier League match at Carrow Road, Norwich. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Swansea skipper Ashley Williams is calling for unity after being unable to prevent his side suffering a fifth defeat in eight Premier League games.

Losing 1-0 at Carrow Road yesterday saw the Swans slip to 14th and just a point better off than the Canaries – having made an excellent start to the season.

Garry Monk and his side were being showered with praise from all angles after taking 11 points from their first five matches but find themselves grasping for answers after just one win in eight top-flight games.

'We believe in what we do and the message will be to stick together in tough times,' said Williams after seeing Jonny Howson's header condemn his side to defeat.

'It is a bit of a tough time, there's no escaping that. We are not where we want to be and we are not playing how we want to be.


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'It's time to start looking at ourselves and the team and how we can affect it – a bit of honesty and realisation of the situation.

'I've been in this situation and it's not nice, and I don't really plan to be in this bad moment for a long time.'

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The Swans returned to South Wales with a loss despite having 67 per cent of the possession at Carrow Road on Saturday, failing to keep any of their eight shots on target.

It extended the dry spell of French striker Bafetimbi Gomis to nine matches in all competitions, leaving him without a goal since August, having scored four in his first four games of the campaign.

'It's another frustrating afternoon for us,' Williams added, speaking to his club's website.

'We are disappointed to have conceded at a set-piece again. We had a lot of the ball but we lacked a cutting edge.

'With the amount of ball we had we should have created a lot more chances.

'We had time and space on the ball, and we worked it really well to a point. But we didn't have enough movement or creativity.

'There was not enough unselfish runs going forward. A lot of our play was to feet and we didn't move Norwich enough in the final third – it was too slow, and that means we didn't create any chances to win the game.

'We did well up to the final third, but we've got to do better there.

'We got players into good spots, but we need to be brighter and more creative. It's something that has to be addressed.'

Following the international break the Swans entertain struggling Bournemouth at the Liberty Stadium, before a trip to rejuvenated Liverpool.

Williams is confident that his manager, and former team-mate, Monk will have their problems fixed by the time the Cherries cross the border for that top-flight encounter.

'We always do our work on the training pitch – that's not in question because we work so hard,' he added. 'But we'll need to talk about things.'

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