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Williams wants to share goal burden

Ashley Williams believes Swansea must lift the scoring burden from top marksman Wilfried Bony.

The Ivory Coast striker became the first player to score 20 Barclays Premier League goals in the calendar year during Swansea's 2-1 home defeat to Tottenham on Sunday.

But Bony also passed up several other scoring opportunities as Swansea frittered away copious chances to see off a Spurs side they dominated for long periods before being floored by a late Christian Eriksen sucker punch.

Swansea's reliance on Bony - who could be absent for as many as seven games in the new year when he is away at the Africa Cup of Nations - is reflected by the fact that the 25-year-old has scored eight of the club's last 13 goals in the top flight.

"It is a worry if Wilf doesn't score because we need to chip in with more goals as a team," Williams said after Swansea's second straight league defeat.

"We need to find goals from other places on the pitch. All of us, Wilf included, get a lot of chances and if we go 2-0 up against Spurs 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 or how we change that.

"I just think the chances we get, the positions we find ourselves in, we have to take them and we all have to do better.

"I don't now how many chances we had - but the positions we get ourselves in we have to do better to convert."

"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's next test is at Hull where they stumbled last season and Williams accepts they must do better against more unfashionable Premier League rivals.

"We know we have to pick ourselves up at Hull which is always a difficult place to go," Williams said.

"They are scrapping and sometimes when we play against those type of teams we have come up short.

"So the focus this week will be we need to take care of business on Saturday and get points on the board and then have a good Christmas and New Year period.

"It's so important going into January as you can find yourself in a completely different position than when you started Christmas with however it goes.

"But you have to take your chances, this is the Premier League and you can't really keep missing them and expect to win games."

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