Monk: Bafe is "fine"

4th March 2015

Garry Monk confirmed that Bafe Gomis was fine and well despite fainting in Swansea's narrow 3-2 defeat at Tottenham Hotspur.

The French striker went down in the first period at White Hart Lane after Nacer Chadli's sixth-minute opener and was subsequently substituted and taken to hospital during the second half for precautionary measures.

Despite that, the Swans reacted well as Ki Sung-Yueng equalised before the midway point.

Mason restored Spurs' advantage after the break before Townsend extended Mauricio Pochettino's men's lead on the hour.

Former Spurs midfielder Sigurdsson set up a tense finish by pulling one back for the Swans with just minutes remaining but, despite a late rally, in which Hugo Lloris denied Federico Fernandez a dramatic equaliser, Spurs held on for the three points.

And after confirming the good news regarding Gomis, Monk was pleased with his side's response to the early setback.

"He's fine," said the Swans boss. "He actually wanted to stay on the pitch; he was talking straight away. It's part of his history, and it is to do with low blood pressure. 

"It's something he has lived with his whole life, and it looks worse than it is. There's always concern when something like that happens, but it is something Bafe has dealt with before.

"We were all aware of it before he came here. Precautionary-wise, we had to make sure of everything. He's had numerous and extremely thorough medical checks, and he is fine.

"We reacted well to that. In the first half we played really well. Had a few chances and there were a couple of close offside decisions, which, had they gone our way, we would have had further chances to score.

"In the second half we conceded two goals following mistakes, which set us back a bit. But we got that late goal and nearly scored an equaliser. That's how quickly things can change in football."

Meanwhile Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino was delighted with his side's victory to bounce back from their Capital One Cup defeat to Chelsea on Sunday.

"The players deserved this victory," said Pochettino. "The three points was very important for us, and our performance was fantastic.

"Only in the last minute we looked at risk, but we were lucky that Hugo made a big save at the end."