Monk calls for consistency

5th April

Garry Monk was left frustrated with his side's lack of consistency after they were edged out 1-0 by Hull on Saturday afternoon.

The Swans were unable to follow up their positive results against the likes of Norwich and Arsenal as they fell to defeat at the KC Stadium, courtesy of George Boyd's first-half goal.

In the 39th minute, the 28-year-old winger towered high inside the area to nod home Hull's winning goal from Liam Rosenior's looping cross.

The Swans weren't without their share of chances as Jonjo Shelvey and Nathan Dyer both went close in the second-half, but they were far from their fluid best.

The result means Monk's side side drop to 15th position in the Premier League, six points clear of the danger zone.

And the Swans head coach had no complaints with his side's defeat.

"We were very poor first-half, sloppy and didn't pass the ball well," said Monk. "It wasn't what I expected.

"Their goal was poor defending from our point of view. Poor in the build up to it and poor defending at the back post. It was too easy.

"We knew the cross was going to come, so we needed to be stronger. We've been working all week on those situations.

"We probably did enough to get a draw, but we can't grumble about them getting the three points.

"In the second-half, we were marginally the better team and pushed a little bit more.

"But it was a poor game overall. Neither team did much to win the game."

And Monk feels his side need to improve their consistency as they enter the final period of the league season.

"All week I have been talking about consistency," he added. "The best teams in the top leagues consistently perform well.

"Unfortunately, throughout this season, we've been far too inconsistent. It's very disappointing on the back of two very good performances.

"If you can't win games, make sure you don't lose them. When you have bad periods in games, you do all you can to make sure you don't lose that game.

"We didn't do that today."