Sigurdsson enjoying a "very good year"
2nd April 2016
Gylfi Sigurdsson admits he's enjoying a "very good year" after his latest goal kickstarted a Swans revival during a 2-2 draw at Stoke City.
The Icelandic midfielder cut the deficit in the second half after he controlled Wayne Routledge's pass before leaving Potters keeper Jakob Haugaard wrongfooted.
Sub Alberto Paloschi then levelled with ten minutes to go to earn the Swans a dramatic point at the Britannia Stadium.
Sigurdsson's strike continued his stunning form in front of goal, scoring eight in his last 13 league games since the new year.
His latest finish took his tally for the season to ten, which sees him lead the club's scoring charts.
It also moves him onto 24 Premier League goals in total for the Swans, which includes a loan spell in 2011-12.
It leaves Sigurdsson just one short of Wilfried Bony's 25 top-flight goals in total for the club, with the 26-year-old edging closer to his own personal target.
"It's been a very good year so far for me," said Sigurdsson. "Scoring in the Manchester United game really kicked things off for me.
"The team has been playing better and we've created more chances.
"I'm now one goal closer to my target - I'll say after the season if I've beaten it or not."
Of his goal, he added: "Wayne played the ball to me, and I got a good touch and shifted it onto my right foot.
"I noticed the centre-back was close to me, so I tried to play it through his legs. The keeper had also switched his body weight onto his left foot, so I knew he'd find it difficult to move back onto his right if I struck the ball well enough.
"I was really pleased with the strike - it was a very important goal for us.
Head coach Francesco Guidolin hailed his side's character after coming back from 2-0 down at the Britannia.
The Italian's decision to switch tactics and formation in the second half worked wonders, with the Swans setting up a tense finish courtesy of goals from Sigurdsson and Paloschi.
And Sigurdsson feels the manner of the comeback will provide a huge boost in the remaining six games.
"At a tough ground and 2-0 down, it probably meant a lot more to us to get a point," added Sigurdsson.
"It was a bit like a basketball game - it was very open and end-to-end. They took their chances first, and then we took our chances in the second half.
"We are very pleased to have picked up a point. A 2-0 loss would have been very disappointing, so to go home with a point gives us a big lift.
"The fans deserved that. It was a long journey up here and it wouldn't have been a nice drive home after a 2-0 loss.
"Hopefully we can continue our good work and edge us onto the 40-point mark."