Swansea's Ashley Williams believes Wilfried Bony can push on

Wilfried Bony: Swansea striker backed to push on

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Swansea skipper Ashley Williams believes Wilfried Bony can use his recent brace against Manchester City as a springboard for the second half of the season.

The Ivory Coast striker scored both of the Swans' goals in their 3-2 home defeat to the Premier League title chasers on New Year's Day.

Those goals brought his total up to 12 this season since his £12million summer switch from Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem and Williams believes the frontman can now push on - starting in their FA Cup third round clash against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday.

The Swansea skipper told the Daily Star: "The game on New Year's Day was the best he has performed for us. I am really pleased for him. His two goals were the big positive we took from a defeat.

"The game on New Year's Day was the best he has performed for us. I am really pleased for him. His two goals were the big positive we took from a defeat."

Ashley Williams

"Hopefully now he can keep his place in the team and we can give him that confidence to know he's wanted. We can build our game around him.

Presence

"You can see his qualities. He's something we've lacked over the last few years, a bit more of a presence up front.

"He's strong and he's got that appetite to score goals and succeed. We're pleased to have him. I just hope he gets a run now.

"I think, with strikers, so much of what they do is about belief. They need to know they are going to play, and that they're wanted and a big part of the team.

"That's definitely the case with Wilfried and I think he can use this to take big steps forward for the rest of the season."

The defeat to Man City means Michael Laudrup's side have now not won in seven league and European games and Williams is looking for the Swans to break this run this weekend.

He added: "It's an important game for us. We haven't won for so long, and playing at Old Trafford, for any footballer, is a special occasion. It's a chance for us to enjoy the day, but put a few things right."