Friday 20 September 2019

Swansea back from dead

Swansea City 2-2 Bournemouth

Swansea's Andre Ayew scores to make it 1-2, signalling the beginning of their comeback
Swansea's Andre Ayew scores to make it 1-2, signalling the beginning of their comeback
Joshua King of Bournemouth and Swansea's Kyle Naughton compete for the ball
Bournemouth's Simon Francis celebrates his team's second goal

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Garry Monk felt Swansea's comeback to salvage a point showed a hunger to put things right. Andre Ayew and Jonjo Shelvey earned a draw after the Swans went two goals down, but it is only one win in 10 games for the Welsh club, and the performance left a lot to be desired.

Bournemouth were the better side for long periods and should have recorded their first victory in eight games after Joshua King and Dan Gosling gave them a healthy lead inside 26 minutes.

"You have to give credit to the players for the spirit they showed to come back," said Monk. "You can see how much they want to put it right. I thought with the ball we lost a bit of confidence, and that's the only bit really that's missing. You can see the other side of it is all there - that spirit and way of defending."

Ayew just about stayed onside to drag Swansea back into the contest with his sixth goal for the club before he won a contentious penalty six minutes from the interval, which Shelvey slotted home.

The Ghanaian appeared to trip himself when challenged by the Cherries' Simon Francis, but Monk insisted the decision to award a spot-kick was correct.

"The defender clearly clips Andre," he said. "Whether that's intentional is debatable. But he tripped Andre up, so the referee decided it was a penalty."

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe felt the penalty decision "didn't look quite right". "I need to see the goals again, but they are debatable," Howe said. "Simon definitely felt it wasn't a penalty.

"Right from the start, I thought we were excellent. The only disappointing thing is that we haven't won the game after being two goals up, so there's things to learn from."

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