Premier League: Swansea boss Garry Monk hails his side's efforts at Arsenal
Swansea boss Garry Monk was proud of his side's efforts as they managed to grab a last-gasp draw at Arsenal.
Last Updated: 26/03/14 11:13am
Wilfried Bony put the visitors ahead with a header in the 11th minute, but substitute Lukas Podolski equalised in the second half before setting up Olivier Giroud just 60 seconds later.
However, in stoppage time Leon Britton caused havoc in the Gunners defence with the ball bouncing off goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny onto Mathieu Flamini and into the net for an unfortunate own goal.
The point lifted the Welsh outfit five clear of the drop zone with seven Premier League games of their season remaining.
With a home clash against Norwich to come at the weekend and then a trip to Hull City, Monk remains optimistic about his side's chances.
"I'm just pleased for the boys," he told Sky Sports. "To put that effort in and display on, I think the draw was the least the boys deserved.
"I just feel this team goes to the end and I just knew we would have another chance you know and hopefully you take that chance.
"I fully believe in this group and I said that from the start and I think they showed that desire and application today and how much they want it which is key."
Speaking about the late equaliser, he said: "I've never seen Leon that far forward, but it was great and it was the least that we deserved.
"Unfortunately we didn't get anything at Everton (a 3-2 defeat) but it was nice to get that reaction and more importantly a result."
Jonathan de Guzman was clean through on goal when referee Lee Probert blew his whistle for full-time and Monk was left massively disappointed with the decision.
"I think it's a poor decision," said Monk. "Obviously, in the first half they put two minutes up because of the goal and then obviously they put four minutes up at the end of full-time and we obviously scored in that period, so they reset it and there was an extra minute added and he blows up 30 seconds before the end of that added time.
"I always thought it was meant to be a minimum, so he blew up early when we were in the middle of an attack and our man was about to go clean through. I thought it was a very poor decision."