Monk hails Swans’ integrity

Swansea boss Garry Monk thought his side showed great character as they came from a goal down to beat Aston Villa 2-1 at Villa Park on Saturday.

Both teams struggled to find their rhythm in the opening 45 minutes, but it was Villa who struck first through Jordan Ayew just after the hour mark.

However, the Swans then took control of the game and Gylfi Sigurdsson scored with another trademark free-kick to level the scores before Jordan's older brother, Andre Ayew, secured the comeback win three minutes from time.

Monk was delighted with the performance of his players, but warned they need to show more consistency or risk undoing all their hard work.

"We talked about character this week, and the character we showed today was fantastic," he said in his post-match interview.

"It was never going to be easy with the circus that went on this week. We had to dig in, and I know my players can do that.

"During the first half, both teams seemed a little edgy, and we needed to use the ball better. In the second half we did that. Some of our build-up play was a lot better and the goals we scored were excellent. Overall, we deserved the three points.

"It didn't go quite to plan because we went behind, but I felt we controlled the second half. We know what these players are capable of, but we had a five game period where three of our performances weren't good enough.

"It's important we consistently reach our standards. The second half today was much more like what we expect, and the players deserve massive credit for that."

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