Davies: Survival still main aim

  • Last Updated: December 7 2012, 13:34 GMT

Full-back Ben Davies insists Premier League survival remains the priority for high-flying Swansea as they prepare to host Norwich at the Liberty Stadium.

Ben Davies: Initial aim is to achieve 40 points

The Swans' stunning 2-0 win at Arsenal last weekend has moved them up to seventh in the table, and extended their recent good run to one defeat in 10 games.

Some supporters are even beginning to dream of European qualification, something which seemed unlikely when a poor run in September led to reports of dressing room unrest.

But Norwich are on their own fine run of form and are unbeaten in nine as they pick up steam following a slow start under Chris Hughton.

Davies, 19, says the fact the Canaries have enjoyed a sequence every bit as good as Swansea's means there is no chance of the visitors being under-estimated.

And the Wales international has made it clear the home side's focus is on getting to 40 points as soon as possible, despite their excellent sequence of results.

"The confidence is very high in the group at the moment, and that's just down to the way we're playing," he said.

"Some of the results we've got have been a massive boost, especially after beating West Brom and Arsenal, people are going to start raising their expectations.

"But as a group, our aim is still to reach 40 points and to stay in the league. The earlier we reach that, the further we can try to progress.

"I think it will be a difficult game against Norwich.

"We won't be taking it lightly and, as long as we can keep it solid at the back, I think we've got the quality up front to get goals."

The season has been a remarkable experience for teenager Davies, who joined Swansea's academy at the age of eight.

Davies had been expecting to play for the Swans' under-21 side this season and hoping to push his way into manager Michael Laudrup's plans.

But the impression he made on the pre-season tour of the United States caught his manager's eye and he was included in the first-team squad.

Neil Taylor's broken ankle then thrust Davies into the starting line-up for club and country, and he admits the last few months have been something of a whirlwind.

"It was disappointing to see Neil get injured, he's a good lad and it was horrible to see him get that injury," he said.

"But I didn't have time to worry about that. I was just thrust in and had to get my head on the game.

"There was no real anticipation of what was coming - I just had to get on the field and do my best, and Michael Laudrup has put his faith in me to keep me in the team.

"It's kind of happened at a good time that I got my opportunity, when the club was at the highest level it could be.

"You've just got to do as well you can in every game that comes, and show what you can do."

Davies' form has been rewarded with a new three-and-half-year contract, which almost quadrupled the £400-a-week he was earning on his development contract.

The grounded youngster has yet to make any outlandish purchases, but plans for a family celebration over the festive period.

He said: "I was just happy to see it in my bank account!

"I've been a bit busy with the fixtures recently but, if I get a bit of time off, I'll treat my parents with a nice meal or something."

It is a long way from Davies' days as a supporter, when he used to stand on the North Bank at the club's old Vetch Field ground while they toiled in League Two.

"I've been to all the grounds, to Port Vale and places like that. I was a proper fan back then.

"I remember going to Leyton Orient, Brentford - all the clubs where the Swans are a million miles from now.

"I had good times going to those games, and now the away fans travelling to the Emirates and Old Trafford is a different world."


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