Swansea manager Garry Monk on loss to Tottenham: It was ‘the classic sucker punch’


Swansea hadn’t beat Tottenham Hotspur for over 32 years, the last time coming in 1982, and on Sunday, the Spurs had the occasion to extend this winning streak against the Swans at Liberty Stadium.

Tottenham was able to maintain their consistently steady form vs. their Premier League opponent, as Mauricio Pochettino’s side was able to come away with the 2-1 victory.

Off of Christian Eriksen’s corner kick, midfielder Harry Kane netted a 4th minute header at the far post to provide his squad with the early advantage, but Wilfred Bony, enjoying the PL’s fifth-best goal scoring tally, drew Garry Monk and Co. level in the 48th minute when he finished his originally blocked effort on a second attempt at close range.

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“Difficult start for us, we gave away a cheap goal, an individual mistake from us, and obviously that gave them the lead. It took us 15, 20 minutes in the first half and we grew back into the game, started to create and get the momentum with us,” Monk said of City’s start to the contest.

Swansea began to find somewhat of a groove on the offensive end in the last 45 minutes, with Jonjo Shelvey and Jefferson Montero failing to covert on plausible opportunities. But it was Eriksen in the 89th minute who managed to turn one point into three points when he turned and fired a low strike that skipped into the back of the net from the top of the box.

This conversion marked a difficult outcome that Monk could only rue.

“It only looked like there was going to be one team that were going to win the game,” he said. “The classic sucker punch, you’ve done all you can, you’ve created numerous chances to win the game.”

“We were on the front foot in the second half. In terms of what we were working on, it was disappointing not to put those chances away, to at least hit the net a few times.”

After a Swansea now stands at ninth place in the league table, while Tottenham has moved up to seventh on the heels of this result.