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Monk proud with Stoke point

Swansea City caretaker boss Garry Monk admitted his pride as his side came from behind to earn a 1-1 draw away to Stoke City.

A second-half header from Chico Flores cancelled out Peter Crouch's opener, while Wilfried Bony had a late effort hooked off the line by Ryan Shawcross as the Swans pushed for a winner in testing conditions.

The game was in jeopardy due to extreme weather conditions around the stadium and kick-off was delayed to ease traffic problems, but a pre-match pitch inspection deemed it good to go ahead.

Monk has claimed four points from a possible six in his two games in charge and he was happy to come away from the Britannia with a hard-fought point.

"I'm really pleased apart from a five-minute period in the first half," he told Sky Sports.

"But we kept possession and the players dug in. I think we showed in the last two games the two different characters in the last two games, against Cardiff and then today, we showed both sides.

"We showed the football against Cardiff. Today we showed we had the football and the character. I spoke so highly of the group beforehand but I knew they had that.

"I just want them to show it and they showed it today. We had chances, we could have easily won that game today and I'm proud of the boys. It was a really good effort.

"Apart from a five-minute period, we did okay. We kept the ball and we had no real danger but in the second half we had to step it up and we did."

Stoke had the better sights of goal in the opening 45 minutes, but after the break, it was Swansea who came the closest to grabbing a winner following a half-time dressing down by Monk.

"I said 'look, you're going to have to step up. It's a day for men out there.' And they did," said Monk.

"They were like lions out there in the second half, really trying to go at it and we managed to get the goal straightaway.

"That gave them the confidence to push on and there was only one team trying to win that game. I think we're unfortunate we didn't win it.

"In terms of our history here, before the game you would have said a point was a good result here and you have to be happy with that."