Garry Monk focused on the positives

29th November 2014

Garry Monk was keen to focus on the positives after his side were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Crystal Palace.

The Swans were forced to settle for a point after Mile Jedinak's first half penalty cancelled out Wilfried Bony's early opener.

Having dominated the early exchanges, the Ivory Coast international scored his sixth goal in eight games with a fine finish on the turn from Gylfi Sigurdsson's precise assist.

But Jonjo Shelvey was adjudged to have fouled Marouane Chamakh on 25 minutes and Jedinak stepped up to fire home the Eagles' equaliser from the spot.

Sigurdsson twice went close in the second half to snatching the Swans a winner, but the visitors managed to hold on for a share of the spoils.

And despite acknowledging that the Swans had chances to secure victory, Monk was pleased with his side's overall performance.

"We wanted the three points," said Monk. "We started very well, were in the ascendancy and got a good goal. 

"I'm disappointed to concede the equaliser purely because of the lead up to the corner. It was a mistake to give the ball away and the penalty came from there.

"We had our chances today, but we knew it would be difficult. Palace defended well and had everyone behind the ball, which made it difficult for us to break down. 

"The two or three opportunities you get in those situations you have to take, but unfortunately we couldn't get the second goal.

"But the performance was very good. We performed well. 

"We've performed well in every game this season. There will be periods where the opposition will have a good period, and in that period today, they got a goal. 

"We reacted well after the break, came out second half and pushed for the winner, but it wasn't to be.

"It's a point, so we will go again on Tuesday to get three points."

Meanwhile, Crystal Palace manager Neil Warnock was delighted that his side came away with a point against a "very good" Swansea side.

"The first 20 minutes was as bad as I've seen of us," said Warnock. "I was wondering if it would be double figures. 

"But after that, we regrouped. We knew how difficult it would be. Swansea always control the game, that's how they are. They're a very good side.

"I tried to be positive at the end because I thought we could pinch it, but I'm delighted with the outcome."