Cork's delight with wonder strike

1st May

Jack Cork hopes to finally celebrate his first goal of the season with his family after curling home a sumptuous effort in Swansea's 3-1 victory over Liverpool.

Cork spectacularly swept home Swansea's second of the afternoon in the 33rd minute after Andre Ayew had opened the scoring for the hosts.

The Swans took a two-goal lead into half-time, and despite substitute Christian Benteke pulling one back after the interval, the visitors' comeback hopes were dashed when Ayew scored his second of the game to secure all three points for the hosts.

Cork admitted he was looking forward to seeing his goal back - but this time with his family. 

"I've tried a couple of long range efforts this season but the goalkeepers have all kept them out," said Cork. "It is good to get the first one; it was a great strike and I am very happy with it.

"I went to celebrate in the corner with my wife and kid, but I think they both missed it because it was raining.

"I'm looking forward to seeing it back on Match of the Day later."

Swansea's three points from their victory over Jurgen Klopp's side opened up an unassailable 11-point gap between them and third-from-bottom Sunderland, mathematically ensuring their Premier League survival.

And Cork believes results since January are proof of the Swans' improvement during the second half of what has been a testing 2015-16 campaign.

"We played our game, performed really well and got a deserved win," added Cork.

"To bounce back at home (after defeats to Newcastle and Leicester) in front of our fans proves that we are still fighting this season.

"And we still have tough games to come. If we can continue moving up the table, it will show we have progressed.

"We have changed a lot since January and have picked up a lot of results. We've improved in a lot of areas, which has shown in our results."