Swansea caretaker boss Alan Curtis paid tribute to former manager Garry Monk after his side had a point snatched away from them at Manchester City.
Monk was sacked on Wednesday after an alarming run of just one win in 11 Premier League matches, but Curtis said that the performance of the Swansea side in the 2-1 defeat at the Etihad would have done him proud.
“This is Garry’s team and he would have been delighted with the players’ performances today,” he told the club’s official website.
“It’s been a sad week for everyone at the club, and we wanted a result not just for ourselves but also for him.”
Wilfried Bony opened the scoring against his former club in the first half, but Swansea looked to have grabbed a dramatic late point thanks to Bafetimbi Gomis’ 89th-minute equaliser.
However, there was a sting in the tale as City youngster Kelechi Iheanacho deflected a Yaya Toure attempt into the net to claim an injury-time winner.
“We’re bitterly disappointed,” admitted Curtis. “When Gomis scored, I thought it would’ve been a fantastic point for us.
“But maybe that’s the difference between the teams at the bottom and the teams at the top – that bit of luck.
“I thought we were excellent today and deserved something out of the game.
“I think we showed today that the quality is there. So many people had written us off before the game, but we wanted the three points.
“All credit to Man City, they’re a fantastic team, but we felt we matched them for long periods today.
Swansea will be looking to make progress in their hunt for a new manager next week, although former Arsenal striker Dennis Bergkamp has ruled himself out of the running for the job.
Curtis is confident, though, that Swansea will not be dragged into a relegation battle should they show a similar level of performance as they showed at the Etihad.
“The performance was something we can look back on – that’s the standard. To a man, every player gave everything.
“We need to maintain that standard. And if we do, I am 100 per cent confident that we will get ourselves out of trouble.”