Jordan Ayew believes Swansea have set the standard to survive in the Premier League.
Ayew’s 11th goal of the season secured a 1-1 draw against Everton, the least Swansea deserved after outplaying Sam Allardyce’s side for long periods at the Liberty Stadium.
Although wins for rivals Crystal Palace and Huddersfield dropped them two places to 17th, Swansea now have a five-point cushion above the relegation zone.
Swansea 1-1 Everton
“I think is a positive moment for the club and for me because we don’t have to forget where we were six months ago,” said Ayew.
“We are five points ahead of the bottom three now and this is a step forward.
“Even though we are moving slowly, it is a positive, and if we keep on playing like this we will make everyone happy.”
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Swansea had scored only once in the three games top-scorer Ayew had sat out following his red card at Huddersfield last month.
But Ayew, who was this week described as one of the Premier League’s best forwards by manager Carlos Carvalhal, gave Swansea a sharp focal point in attack.
“Although the first 10-15 minutes was difficult, I grew into the game and the boys produced a great performance,” said Ayew, whose terrific 71st-minute strike cancelled out Kyle Naughton’s own goal just before half-time.
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“Since I set foot in this club they put me in the best conditions to express myself in the best way.
“When the gaffer came in he spoke to me within a day and said he was counting on me. He asked me where my best position was and everything is okay now.
“Every day I have a smile on my face and work hard when I go into training.
“We still have a bit of a stress, but six months ago we wouldn’t have got a draw in this game.
“It was one of our best performances of the season, but in football you can’t get everything.”