High standards must be met, says Gylfi Sigurdsson
23rd August 2015
Gylfi Sigurdsson believes the Swans' disappointment from Saturday's draw at Sunderland underlines the high standards set by the squad this season.
Bafe Gomis scored his third goal in as many games to give the Swans a 1-0 lead on the stroke of half-time at the Stadium of Light.
Andre Ayew hit the post after the break while Gomis then saw a powerful header expertly kept out by keeper Costel Pantilimon.
And it paid off for Sunderland, who picked up their first point of the campaign thanks to Jermain Defoe's levelled.
The result means the Swans have collected five points from three games, with Garry Monk's side remaining unbeaten.
But Sigurdsson felt the dissatisfaction at Saturday's result in the North East just shows how high the bar has been set by the Swans squad for the 2015-16 campaign.
"We were disappointed not to have won, especially as we took the lead just before half-time," said the Icelandic international.
"We had chances to finish the game off in the second half - we hit the post - but we were wasteful plus their keeper made some great saves.
"They didn't create much, but Jermain is a great finisher and he only needs one chance to score a goal, and he showed his quality and punished us.
"We knew it was going to be a fight because of their start to the season.
"It's always good to get a point at a tough place like Sunderland, but after last season's success we expect more of ourselves and that's the challenge we face this season."
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