Laudrup backs Williams

Swans boss blames 'human factor' for defender's mistakes

Ashley Williams: The centre-back has made some costly errors for Swansea

Swansea manager Michael Laudrup has backed captain Ashley Williams to bounce back from his poor early season form.

The defender has endured a miserable start to the campaign, making some uncharacteristic mistakes in the last couple of games.

And although the Wales international defender had been a level of colossal consistency at the back for club and country in the last few seasons, the 28-year-old has failed to hit similar heights this campaign.

But Laudrup insists Williams will soon get the pundits purring once his composure and consistency return.

"It's always difficult when people get used to you playing so well," said the Swansea manager.

"People say 'He never makes mistakes', but I can say for sure that nobody does not make a mistake at some time.

"Suddenly you make a couple in a couple of weeks and people say 'How can that happen?'.

"Ashley was the first one to be disappointed and to ask how it could happen, but I say it is the human factor.

"It is just like referees. Everton should have had a goal the other night but (Marouane) Fellaini was given offside.

"That was wrong because he was not offside, but that is the human factor."

Tribute

Meanwhile, Huw Jenkins has paid tribute to former chairman Malcolm Struel, who died aged 78 after a short illness.

Struel was chairman of the club between 1972 and 1983, a period which saw the Swans rise from the old fourth division to the top-flight under the stewardship of John Toshack.

"Malcolm is regarded as a fine figurehead who led this club through a memorable time in the history of Swansea City," he told the club's official website.

"As chairman, I realise the hard work, time and commitment Malcolm put into this club in order to steer it in the right direction. I'm sure every Swansea City fan will never forget what he did at this club. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family."