Swansea City’s Ben Wilmot has said he’s relishing his defensive partnership with Ben Cabango, after the pair helped their side to a 0-0 draw at home to Barnsley in the Championship yesterday.
The on-loan Watford defender made his 12th Championship appearance of the season yesterday, as he and Cabango helped their side to their 7th clean sheet.
It would’ve been a game that Steve Cooper was expecting to win but Barnsley have found new life under their new manager Gerhard Struber, and they held their own in South Wales yesterday.
Speaking to www.swanseacity.com after the game, Wilmot, 20, spoke about his centre-back partnership with Cabango, and feels that the pair are growing in confidence alongside each other:
“It’s good for the club and it’s great for me and Ben to get league experience at such a young age – there are not many centre halves our age in this league playing week in week out so it’s brilliant.
“We enjoy playing with each other and I think we work well together. We have played together in the cup beforehand so we are used to each other’s company and we’re both enjoying our football at the moment.”
The pair have a combined age of just 39 and have stepped into the team with injuries to Mike van der Hoorn and Joe Rodon, who were Cooper’s first-choice centre-backs at the start of the season.
But Cabango and Wilmot have done brilliantly to come in whilst the team is going through a rough patch, and do as well as they have done.
“There is not much room for error in this league and you will get punished for any mistakes you make so you have to have a level head and learn from your mistakes,” stated Wilmot.
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“I think myself and Ben have been doing alright and on the whole we are happy with another clean sheet – the more games we play the better we will get and it’s great to get more experience every week.”
Swansea now sit 9th in the Championship table having taken eight points from a possible 15 this month – just one point separates them from Sheffield Wednesday in 6th.
Centre-back is a position where Swansea have good depth. In Cabango and Wilmot they have two back-up players who’ve shown that they’re capable of filling in and doing just as good a job – this sort of safety in numbers will be vital for Cooper, as his side try and resurrect their top-six hopes.