Date: 4th October 2015 at 8:21pm
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Swansea City manager Garry Monk was pleased with his side’s performance as they held Spurs to a 2-2 draw at the Liberty Stadium.

I’m sure it was a point most of us would have taken prior to kick-off, as the Swans needed to avoid another defeat before the season’s second 2-week international break.

The game was very much an open one from around the ten minute mark, Andre Ayew then headed in Montero’s cross after 16 minutes, which forced the game to become more open as Spurs looked to make a quick response.

It was mostly end to end stuff for the majority of the game, as neither side really settled into a good spell of possession, such was the focus on closing players down and stopping each other from playing too much football out from defence.

Eriksen equalised for Spurs just before the half hour mark, firing in a free-kick that Fabianski knew little about.

The Swans were ahead again though, as Jonjo Shelvey saw a gap at the front post from the corner, and aimed to take the goalkeeper by surprise. Striker Harry Kane tried to clear the low cross but ended up putting the ball in his own net as the hosts went into the dressing room at half time with a slim lead.

It wasn’t a brilliant performance from Monk’s side, but he’ll be happy with their competitiveness and desire against a talented Spurs side that managed 11 shots on target in the game.

Not only that, but his side did well to not concede a goal from open play, as Spurs had to rely on the world-class set piece quality of Eriksen to get a point – although it was a fair result.

Monk told the Official Site:

“I`m pleased with the performance,”

“We have had a couple of performances below our standard, but we were much more like ourselves today.

“We wanted to get back on track, and the players were excellent today – you could see their passion and desire to win that game.

“Every single one of them performed well, including the substitutes that came on.

“Part of me is disappointed that we didn`t take three points. Had we not have conceded those free-kicks, we`d have probably won the game.

“We had chances to win it at the end, but if you`re honest I think it could have gone either way.

“Tottenham have great quality, are in good form and are a tough side to play against, but it was pleasing to see that we matched them.

“We just need to find that consistent level of performance, which was our biggest strength last season.”


Monk was also pleased with his side’s opener – the only true goal from open play in the game:

“As a manager, it`s that type of pattern and build-up where you get the most satisfaction.

“When you work hard on something in training and see the players take it out onto the pitch on a matchday, it`s a great feeling. It was a fantastic goal.”


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