Unwanted record causing concern for Swansea skipper Ashley Williams

Ashley Williams admits Swansea City need to find a way of grinding out results, with too many points dropped from winning positions.

Swansea City occupy a standing inside the top-half of the Premier League, with 22 points collected from 16 fixtures.

Things could have been considerably better, though, for Garry Monk’s men.

Had they been able to hang on to every lead they have held this season, the Swans would be pushing Chelsea hard in the title race.

Remarkably, the Welsh outfit have seen 16 points slip through their grasp this season.

They never led in their last outing, against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday, but there is a feeling that they once again squandered a golden opportunity to better their top-flight haul.

Too many chances went begging at the Liberty Stadium, with top marksman Wilfried Bony the main culprit, and club captain Ashley Williams admits that Swansea need to find a way of grinding out the results their performances have deserved.

He said in the Daily Mail: “All of us, Wilf included, get a lot of chances and if we go 2-0 up I am sure that we can win the game. We have got this record from losing from winning positions, but I’m pretty sure that all of them have been one goal and there have been games where we’ve had a lot of chances after we scored the first goal.

“It’s pretty simple really - we need to convert the chances but I don’t know how we do that, how we change that, it is what it is. I just think the chances we get, the positions we find ourselves in, we have to take them.

“I don’t think we have scored from a set piece ourselves. We have got a lot of height in team and we all have to do better. When you say we have to take our chances you do look at the guys up front as that’s what they do, but as a team we need to share the goals around.”

Swansea have now suffered back-to-back defeats, but will get the opportunity over Christmas and the New Year to get back on track.

They end 2014 at Liverpool, but will face Hull City, Aston Villa and Queens Park Rangers in their next four – with all three of those sides below them in the top-flight standings.

It will be interesting to see, though, whether nerves take hold if they get their noses in front, with an unwanted record likely to start weighing on the mind of those charged with the task of generating positive results out on the field.

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