Monk focused on the positives
22nd August 2015
Garry Monk felt there were positives to take from his side's 1-1 draw at Sunderland.
The Swans dominated long periods of the game, but were held to a point at the Stadium of Light after Jermain Defoe cancelled out Bafe Gomis' first-half opener.
Gomis scored his third goal in as many games in the final minute of the first half when he coolly slotted home past Costel Pantilimon from Kyle Naughton's threaded pass.
Despite dominating the ball after the restart and having a plethora of chances, the Swans were pegged back in the 62nd minute when Defoe kept his composure to finish past Lukasz Fabianski.
The Swans remain unbeaten after three games of the 2015-16 Barclays Premier League campaign, and Monk felt that despite behind held to a draw, his side's performance was more than worthy of all three points.
"It's slightly disappointing not to come away with the three points," said the Swans boss. "We did enough to win the game, it was a good performance overall.
"We knew Sunderland would have a reaction today; they were never going to roll over.
"The crowd were incredible during the early period, and they fought hard, but we were patient and came through it.
"After that first 30 minutes, we got control of the game and got a good goal before half-time.
"The intention was to put the game to bed after needing to be patient in the first half.
"We sustained that control in the second half, and it was dominance. We had chance after chance and should have put the game to bed, had it not been for some unbelievable goalkeeping.
"Then we made that individual mistake that led to the goal.
"But we've had a very good start to the season, and there are plenty of positives to look at.
"Unfortunately we didn't get the three points today that we probably should have had."
Meanwhile, Sunderland manager Dick Advocaat was pleased with his side's response after a disappointing start to the season for the Black Cats.
"We played with the spirit that we did last year, which shows we can get results," said Advocaat.
"The response was very good. We told them (the players) if they did what they did last season, the crowd will be behind you.
"Swansea are a very good side, and I'm very happy with the way the team responded from our first two games."