Monk: We were magnificent

1st January 2015

Garry Monk praised the character of his players following the last-gasp draw against Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road.
The Swans secured a point in West London thanks to Wilfried Bony's stoppage-time equaliser, after the home side looked on course to claim victory following Leroy Fer's first-half strike.
It means Monk's side remain ninth in the Premier League table, and the boss was delighted with the desire and application from his charges.
"For me, it was all about the football today," he said. "I loved our spirit and our character. We didn't give a good account of ourselves against Liverpool on Monday, but we were magnificent today.
"The conditions weren't the best, the wind was blowing and we came up against a very good team.
"I thought we were really pushing second half and created a number of chances, but Rob Green was fantastic and made some great saves.
"My players were magnificent and that is what Swansea City is all about."
Meanwhile, the Swans were forced to play the closing stages at Loftus Road with ten men following a red card for Wayne Routledge.
Routledge was dismissed after a poor challenge by Karl Henry sparked a melee between both sets of players, but Monk is hopeful of having the decision overturned.
"He (Routledge) doesn't kick out," he said. "I'm not moaning but I just hope that the card gets rescinded and we'll be appealing it for sure.
"Wayne is very calm and for him to react like that shows how bad it is. I actually think he controlled himself very well but for him to get sent off for it is bizarre."
Meanwhile, Rangers boss Harry Redknapp was disappointed that his side couldn't hold on to all three points in the closing stages.
"We were defending for our lives, so to concede was a big blow for us," he said. "I couldn't have asked for any more from the players - we just needed to see out the final minutes but it wasn't to be. But these things happen in football."