Shelvey hails Swans character

21st November 2015

Jonjo Shelvey praised Swansea's display of character as they came from two goals down to earn a hard-fought point against Bournemouth.

Shelvey completed a first-half comeback for the Swans when he scored from the penalty spot after Ayew had reduced the deficit following early goals from Bournemouth's Joshua King and Dan Gosling.

Inside nine minutes, King tapped home the opener before Gosling added the the visitors' lead on 25 minutes.

Ayew skilfully pulled one back just three minutes later before earning the penalty that Shelvey converted shortly before the interval.

And the England international felt Swansea's fightback was testament to their character during a testing time for Garry Monk's side.

"I don't think we had our best game," admitted Shelvey. "We were not at our fluid best today, but to come back from two goals down in the Premier League shows character.

"To take a point when we were two goals down, with the pressure we are under, shows the character and spirit we have in the side.

"We are not confident enough on the ball at the moment, and we need to be braver when in possession, but it is down to us as senior players in the squad to get us through this tough spell.

"Hopefully today turns out to be a good point. You have to give credit to Bournemouth for their performance too - they are a good passing side.

"We just need to continue working hard at what we believe in."