Monk hails "resilient" Swans display

20th December 2014

Garry Monk praised his side for their "resilient" and "committed" performance after they edged out Hull City 1-0 at the KC Stadium.

In a closely contested match, Ki Sung-Yueng's first-half goal - Swansea's first at the KC Stadium - was enough to separate the two sides.

The Swans opened the scoring in the 15th minute when Jonjo Shelvey's long range effort deflected off Ki and into the net.

Shelvey then hit the post with another strike from distance, before Bafe Gomis struck the woodwork in the second period.

Shelvey had another opportunity to put the result beyond doubt late on in the second period, but saw his first-time effort from Tom Carroll's low cross saved by Allan McGregor.

Swansea's victory over the Tigers moves them up to eighth in the Barclays Premier League, with 25 points from 17 games.

And Monk was pleased to see his side show a different side to their game to secure all three points.

"We should be more clinical, but I thought we defended extremely well today," said the Swans boss. "We showed another side to us, like we have done on a few occasions this season. 

"We were very resilient. Commitment and effort-wise, we were fantastic. 

"We had chances to make it more comfortable, but we deserved the win and the clean sheet.

"We've performed well away from home and have been unlucky not to get more points. It's a good result for us today. We created chances and limited them to very few."

Monk made seven changes for this afternoon's fixture against Steve Bruce's side ahead of a busy fixture period for his side. 

He added: "I knew that people would question me making those changes, but I was very confident in the group. 

"We have a busy period coming up, so I trusted the squad. We've had two or three niggles, and the other changes was to give others the chance they deserve.

"We haven't got the biggest squad, but we have quality. We have a way of working that means everyone understands what their roles are. I trust them. 

"Some of them haven't had a lot of game time, but the boys dug in and got the result."