Davies targets Man City scalp

Swansea defender Ben Davies has warned Manchester City they are targeting another "big scalp".

Last Updated: 30/04/13 at 16:38 Post Comment

Ben Davies: Looking to end six-game winless run

Ben Davies: Looking to end six-game winless run

Swansea defender Ben Davies has warned Manchester City they are targeting another "big scalp" when the two sides meet at the Liberty Stadium this weekend.

Given Michael Laudrup's men have been safe for some time and City's title defence is now over, there will certainly not be the same amount of importance on the encounter as in last March, when a late Luke Moore goal secured a crucial victory for the home side.

Nevertheless, Davies maintains there will be no let up from the Capitol One Cup winners as they look to respond from the 2-0 defeat at Chelsea and finally bring to an end their six-match winless streak.

"Manchester City is one we have to go into and hope to get something out of as otherwise this run will carry on," Davies told Wales Online.

"Beating City last season was probably our best Premier League win, it was one of the big scalps we have had. There is no reason why we can't go and do it again.

"We are a confident bunch of players and I am sure if we work hard then we can get something out of the game."

Left-back Neil Taylor made a welcome return from eight months out with a fractured ankle when he replaced Davies for the closing stages at Stamford Bridge.

Davies is looking forward to some healthy competition from his fellow Welshman over the closing weeks of the season.

"It is great to have him back in the squad, and it is good for me too," Davies said.

"It means we have competition now and we will be both fighting for the shirt."

The injury to Team GB Olympian Taylor, suffered when he fell awkwardly in a challenge with Sunderland's Craig Gardner in the 2-2 draw on September 1, meant Davies was given the opportunity for an extended run in the side.

The full-back did not disappoint, with a string of consistent displays for both club and country.

Davies, who turned 20 last week, had been tipped for a place on the Professional Footballers' Association Young Player of the Year Award, which went to fellow Welshman Gareth Bale, who also scooped the main prize.

The Swansea defender, though, intends to keep himself focused on delivering another consistent campaign.

"I wasn't disappointed not to be on the list because I didn't expect anything," he said.

"If I was on the shortlist it would have been a huge bonus.

"I just want to keep impressing the manager and keep working hard at my job.

"I will take wherever comes with that if it happens."


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