Ashley Williams urges Swansea City fans not to panic

Ashley Williams
Ashley Williams brought Swansea City level against Preston North End

Ashley Williams says there is no need to panic after promotion-chasing Swansea City's shock 2-1 defeat by struggling Preston North End.

The result saw the Swans slip to fourth and four points behind Norwich in the second automatic promotion spot.

"The season's not over now, we knew that coming into the game win, lose or draw," said Williams.

"We would have like to have won, but we've got to take it on the chin and move on."

Iain Hume put Preston ahead after just three minutes from the penalty spot when goalkeeper Dorus de Vries fouled Billy Jones.

Williams levelled for Swansea with a close-range header after Fabio Borini's shot was blocked.

But Hume sealed a vital three points for boss Phil Brown's side with seven minutes to go to move the relegation-threatened Deepdale club off the bottom of the Championship.

There are just 10 points separating Norwich in second and Nottingham Forest who sit just outside the play-offs in seventh.

But it is Swansea's away form that could be their undoing having lost half - 10 - of their league games on the road this season, including the last three.

Williams accepts that needs to be addressed, but pointed to their home form that has helped propel them towards the top of the table.

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Preston 2-1 Swansea

The Swans have won 12 times at the Liberty Stadium and have conceded just nine goals, with Norwich the visitors on Saturday.

"It's the perfect game for us to bounce back and show everyone that we're still involved," added Wales defender Williams.

"We'll have to address the away situation but we'll have to take care of business against Norwich first.

"A lot of talk will go on in the next week and people will be over-reacting or saying things, but as a unit, we've just got to stick together and get back to work.

"We've got some work to do this week and I'm sure the gaffer will address that."