Taylor hails fifth clean sheet of league campaign

1st November

Neil Taylor saluted Swansea City's defensive qualities after a fifth clean sheet ensured a share of the spoils against Everton at Goodison Park.

The Swans battled to a fifth shutout of the campaign in just ten Barclays Premier League matches despite Jonjo Shelvey's 72nd minute dismissal.

And Taylor was full of praise for his team-mates, who followed up last weekend's 2-0 home win over Leicester City with this hard-earned point.

"It was a real tough game out there, but we've done really well defensively to come away with a point," said the Wales international.

"We defended well as a team - you have to when you come to Goodison Park. As a team we limited them to very few chances, and I don't think Lukasz (Fabianski) had any saves to make in the second half.

"So to get to ten games in the Premier League with five draws is a fantastic return, and it's even more pleasing for us defenders.

"If you can't win a game you have to make sure you don't lose it. Five clean sheets in ten games prove that the work we've put in during pre-season is majorly paying off and we're certainly tightening up as a defensive unit.

"We leave Everton satisfied with a point knowing that it gives us some momentum going into our next game against Arsenal."

Taylor also praised the travelling support, with around 1,500 fans making the trip to Merseyside.

"The fans were fantastic once again, and they really pushed us on," added Taylor. "Their support was a real boost, and when we were down to ten men it pushed us on even more.

"We'd like them to know their support is really appreciated by everyone in the changing room, and we hope they head home happy with our performance and a point."