Monk hails Swans character
11th April 2015
Garry Monk hailed his side's show of character after the Swans came from behind to draw 1-1 with Everton at the Liberty Stadium.
Monk's men equalled their record Premier League points total of 47 after Jonjo Shelvey equalised from the penalty spot following Aaron Lennon's first-half opener.
Despite a positive start from the Swans, the home side suffered a blow when the lively Bafe Gomis was forced off through injury early on in the first period before Lennon hit home from close range.
But the Swans resumed proceedings back on the front foot and were rewarded for their efforts when Shelvey coolly finished from the penalty spot after Seamus Coleman handled in the box.
"I think a point was probably the fair result for both team," said Monk, whose side remain in eighth position in the top flight. "There wasn't too many really good chances, other than a few from long range.
"But we showed great character to get back into the game and maybe could have won it on another day.
"We were dominant for the first half an hour, controlled the game well and looked the likely team to score.
"Bafe going off affected us and we conceded a goal, where we made a few positional mistakes.
"But then, apart from five minutes at the start of the second half, we put Everton under sustained pressure and got the goal back.
"The plan was to try and get three points and do it (surpass best ever Premier League total) at home in front of our fans, so there's a little disappointment, which shows how far we've come because 47 is a great total.
"We'll look to surpass it in the coming games."
The Swans boss was also hopeful of positive news on Gomis, who suffered a hamstring injury in the first period.
"Bafe felt a tightening of his hamstring," he added. "He will have a scan. Hopefully it's not too serious because we don't want to lose his quality, and we're already quite thin on the ground."
Meanwhile, Everton manager Roberto Martinez was disappointed his side couldn't take home three points against a "very difficult" Swansea side.
"We feel a bit like it was a defeat, but I am satisfied with the performance," said Martinez. "Swansea are a very difficult team to play, especially at the Liberty, where they have opened teams like Arsenal and Manchester United up.
"We scored a very good goal in the first half, but we never really carried a threat in the second half.
"It's disappointing to concede from a soft penalty, which was an unfortunate moment."