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Ashley Williams swoops to give Swansea a massive lift in Watford win


Winner: Ashley Williams celebrates his header

Winner: Ashley Williams celebrates his header

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Winner: Ashley Williams celebrates his header

New Swansea head coach Francesco Guidolin saw his side ease their Barclays Premier League relegation worries with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Watford.

A rare Ashley Williams goal, headed home from inside the six-yard box after 27 minutes, was enough to give Swansea only a third win in 18 league attempts and lift them out of the bottom three at the expense of Newcastle.

It was far from pretty at times but that will not worry a Swansea side who inflicted a fourth straight league defeat on a Watford team suffering their worst run of the season.

Guidolin's appointment was confirmed before kick-off and the former Parma, Palermo and Udinese coach took his place in the stand as Swansea sought to escape the bottom three.

The 60-year-old, who has brought in the former Chelsea midfielder Gabriele Ambrosetti to assist, will work alongside interim manager Alan Curtis, though the Italian will have the final say on team selection.

Curtis said: "It was one of our better performances of the season. We could have done with the second goal but it is a huge three points.

"We needed to have a good start, we were down after three minutes against Sunderland, so the first goal is vital.

"The crowd played a huge part as well. Everyone is delighted and it is the start of a long road between now and the end of the season.

"I am sure the new manager will be more than pleased with what he saw. We need an experienced leader. We have put in some good performances but not got the results."

Swansea: Fabianski, Naughton, Fernandez, Williams, Taylor, Britton, Cork, Ki (Amat 87), Sigurdsson, Ayew (Gomis 82),

Routledge (Barrow 66).

Subs not used: Emnes, Nordfeldt, Montero, Rangel.

Booked: Britton,Sigurdsson.

Goals: Williams 27.

Watford: Gomes, Nyom (Paredes 74), Cathcart, Britos, Ake, Capoue, Behrami (Oulare 87), Watson, Jurado, Ighalo, Deeney.

Subs not used: Prodl, Guedioura, Anya, Abdi, Arlauskis.

Booked: Jurado,Nyom.

Attendance: 20,430

Ref: Michael Oliver (Northumberland).

Belfast Telegraph