Swansea City manager Garry Monk singled out striker Bafetimbi Gomis for praise after he scored the late winner for his side in Saturday’s 1-0 win away to Aston Villa, reports the South Wales Evening Post.
The visitors looked the more likely to score throughout and should have been ahead at half-time as Gomis failed to convert two very presentable opportunities, first seeing a close range shot blocked before he was denied at the near post by goalkeeper Brad Guzan. Captain Ashley Williams also went close, seeing his effort cleared off the line by Ciaran Clark.
Villa, who had won their last three matches in all competitions, improved in the second half, but Swansea continued to carry more of a goal threat and their efforts were rewarded three minutes from Gomis timed his run into the penalty area perfectly to slide Jefferson Montero’s fizzing cross beyond Guzan.
The hosts had a late chance as former Swans star Scott Sinclair volleyed narrowly over, but the win moves them up to eighth place with Gomis rewarded for his persistence. And after the game, Monk had praise for the Frenchman, saying: “I think you can see from Bafe’s last two performances that there’s no stopping him.
‘His work-rate was incredible. He would have been disappointed not to score earlier but he kept going, kept pushing, and he got his goal in the end.
“Overall I think we deserved it. In the first half we were fantastic. We played some really good football, we controlled it and we should have scored one or two goals. The second half was more even with both teams pushing and fighting. But considering we’re away from home with a big crowd and a confident Villa team, I thought we dealt with it very well.’
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