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Gylfi Sigurdsson: Swansea City are happy to prove doubters wrong

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: August 18, 2014

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GYLFI Sigurdsson says Swansea City are happy to be written of this season.

Garry Monk's men defied all predictions to secure a stunning victory at Manchester United on Saturday.

Few gave them a chance of returning with even a draw, while many pundits have suggested Swansea are among the relegation favourites.

But the doubters were given food for thought at Old Trafford as Swansea emerged with all three points.

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Ki Sung-Yueng put them in front before Wayne Rooney equalised, only for Sigurdsson to strike a 72nd-minute winner.

The result sent shock waves around the Premier League, and the Icelandic international says Swansea are happy to keep proving people wrong.

"We have got no problem if people want to doubt us, we just take things one game at a time," said Sigurdsson.

"This was a great result but this game has gone now and we need to focus on Burnley next week and then West Brom.

"We have a couple of home games coming up which are very important and a good start will set us up nicely.

"We obviously don't have some of the star players, someone like Gareth Bale who I played with when I was with Tottenham, but the team is really strong and together.

"You could see that by how we defended for each other. At the end of the day the team is the most important thing."

Swansea withstood some early United pressure before going ahead when Ki finished off a well-executed counter-attack.

Sigurdsson provided the assist for that goal, and he was on the end of Wayne Routledge's skewed shot with 18 minutes remaining to hand the visitors their first ever league victory at the Theatre of Dreams.

"It couldn't really have gone any better, it was perfect to come here and get the three points," said Sigurdsson.

"We knew it would be hard but we dug in really hard during the last ten to 15 minutes and defended really well. The centre-backs were excellent and we thoroughly deserved the result.

"It is sweet when you come away from Old Trafford with three points. It is always tough here, they are playing a different system with the three centre-backs and the full-backs pushed up the pitch, but our defence dealt with it nicely. It went perfectly."

Sigurdsson reserved special praise for central midfield partner Ki and manager Monk.

The Swansea boss was a team-mate of his last time around and Sigurdsson admitted the change has taken a little getting used to.

"You saw on Saturday that Ki is a top-class Premier League midfielder," he added.

"He just gets on with the job, trains hard and whatever is going on outside the game does not have any effect on him when it comes to training or the game.

"He is a top guy and hopefully he can sort out a new contract.

"Having Garry as manager was quite weird for the first couple of weeks back, but I have got used to it now.

"He is making the most of his opportunity. He is very organised and he plans everything down to the finer details.

"He might not have expected to start like this but we know he is going to give it his all. He would not have expected to be manager so soon but I am sure it is going to work out well for him."

Stephen Ware / stephen.ware@swwmedia.co.uk / @SWEveningPost

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