Ashley Williams: 'Players will thrive on derby atmosphere'

Williams: 'Players will thrive on derby atmosphere'
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Swansea City captain Ashley Williams believes that his teammates will thrive in the atmosphere of the South Wales derby.

Ashley Williams has said that he expects his Swansea City teammates to "thrive" in the atmosphere of the South Wales derby this weekend.

The Swans meet Cardiff City in the Premier League for the first time on Sunday.

The club's captain told reporters: "It's nice to play derbies at home, but it's also nice to go and play in an atmosphere like that. Most players will thrive on that, we're looking forward to it and we want to go there and do the job.

"It's obviously nice to win in front of your own fans, but it's great to go and win away from home, and a repeat of three years ago would be nice. I remember there were some great scenes at the end of that game, and it just highlighted the importance of the fixture.

"Compared to how it has been before, this game feels a bit bigger, and I think everybody feels the same. I've enjoyed all the games before and I'm looking forward to this one."

Swansea are ninth in the table, while Cardiff sit 16th.

Swansea's Ashley Williams in action against Malmo on August 1, 2013
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