Monk hails Swansea ‘spirit’ after comeback

Date published: Sunday 22nd November 2015 2:32

Garry Monk: Manager pleased with Swansea's comeback

Under pressure Garry Monk insists Swansea’s comeback against Bournemouth shows he and the players are able to turn things around.

Andre Ayew and Jonjo Shelvey earned Swansea a 2-2 draw after they had been two goals down, but it is now only one win in 10 games for the Welsh club and the nature of the performance left a lot to be desired.

Bournemouth were the better side for long periods and should have recorded their first victory in eight games after Joshua King and Dan Gosling had given them a healthy lead inside 26 minutes.

“Considering we were two goals down, you have to give credit to the players for the spirit they showed to come back from that, especially with the situation,” Monk said.

“You can see clearly the spirit within them and how much they want to put it right.

“Having gone two goals down added to the tension and anxiety in the crowd. That then affects the players a little bit.

“I thought with the ball we lost a bit of confidence and that’s the only bit really that’s missing. You can see the other side of it is all there, that spirit and way of defending.

“We just need to bring the players back to having confidence with the ball, that brightness and sharpness, and that will only come with results.”

Ayew just about stayed onside to drag Swansea back into the contest with his sixth goal for the club before he won a contentious penalty six minutes before the interval, which Shelvey slotted home.

The Ghanaian appeared to trip himself when challenged by Cherries defender Simon Francis, but Monk insisted the decision to award a spot-kick was correct.

“The defender clearly clips Andre. Whether that’s intentional or not is debatable. But he definitely tripped Andre up, so the referee decided that was a penalty,” he added.

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