Cork praises "quality" Sigurdsson

3rd April

Jack Cork hailed the quality of Swansea top goalscorer Gylfi Sigurdsson after the Icelandic midfielder was once again on target against Stoke City on Saturday.

Sigurdsson scored his tenth goal of the campaign in the 2-2 draw at the Britannia Stadium - his highest tally in a season since his move to the Barclays Premier League from Hoffenheim in January 2012.

The 27-year-old helped the Swans come from two goals down to earn a point, kick-starting their comeback with a rifled effort midway through the second half.

"You know that, with someone of his quality, any sort of chance outside the box is going to be a goal," said Cork. "He's very dangerous from set-pieces, and it's great to have a player like that in your team. You can always count on him to deliver.

"And it's not like he's just getting the goals; he's doing the running and taking up good positions too. He's not selfish; he works hard and he's getting the rewards for it."

After Sigurdsson had pulled one back for the Swans, following strikes from Ibrahim Afellay and Bojan, Alberto Paloschi completed Swansea's remarkable comeback with a deflected effort from 20 yards.

And Cork felt that the Swans had enough momentum to have even snatched maximum points.

"I think we did okay overall, but the last half-hour was a really good period for us and we could have had won the game," added Cork. "It was end-to-end and a very enjoyable game to be a part of.

"It's a tough scoreline being two-nil up because if the other team scores, they get momentum and then push for the second. It's all about momentum and we had a lot of that in the second half.

"We showed good team spirit to pull it back. We know how much is at stake and we have to fight for every point."