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Swansea City's Ben Davies bracing himself for 'greyhound race' with Manchester City's Jesus Navas

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: December 31, 2013

Ben Davies says Manchester City star Jesus Navas is the fastest player he has played against.

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BEN Davies is bracing himself for another "greyhound" race tomorrow as Swansea City bid to dent another Manchester City title push.

Swansea go in search of a third successive positive home result against the Etihad billionaires tomorrow.

And for Davies, that means another afternoon spent trying to keep up with Jesus Navas.

City's Spanish international World Cup winner is one of the fastest players in the Premier League.

And Davies said: "I think City have added a lot of pace to their team this season — and Navas is the fastest player I've come up against.

"He is like a little greyhound going up the wing, but it's not just that he's quick, he's got a good engine on him as well to keep going throughout the game.

"It will be tough battle for me, but these are the players I want to play against because it's a good yardstick.

"I think I did well up there when I played against him and hopefully I can do the same this time.

"They have great quality — the final ball is all so clinical. They are a difficult team to play, but we'll give it everything we can."

The form of the two sides could hardly be more contrasting going into tomorrow's game. While City have won ten of their last 11 matches, Swansea have managed just one victory in their last nine matches in all competitions — and Davies admits there is now pressure to deliver during a tricky run of games against City, Manchester United and Spurs.

"We targeted the Aston Villa game as one we wanted to get three points and it was frustrating that we couldn't do it," he added.

"It was a decent enough performance, but we were disappointed we didn't get the three points.

"But we've just got to keep putting that effort in out on the field and hopefully we can nick a win against the top teams we've got to play."

Swansea bossed large swathes of the game at Villa last weekend, but came away with only a point thanks to a lack of quality on the final third.

"We were dominant for most parts of the game and should have created better chances than we did," Davies conceded.

"But we've got to take the positives from it — we were on top for a lot of the game.

"We've just to get to add that cutting edge to our game and create better chances than we did."

Gareth Vincent

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