Eva Carneiro: Swans deserved credit at Chelsea - Monk

By Dafydd PritchardBBC Wales Sport
Garry Monk
Garry Monk guided Swansea to eighth place in the 2014-15 Premier League that Chelsea won

Swansea boss Garry Monk feels Jose Mourinho's criticism of Chelsea doctor Eva Carneiro denied his side the credit they deserved for their 2-2 draw.

Carneiro treated Eden Hazard late on, briefly leaving Chelsea with nine men after Thibaut Courtois's red card.

Blues boss Mourinho said his medical staff were "naive" and Carneiro is set to lose her place on the bench.

"It's [Swansea's performance] been overshadowed. The media's focused on the wrong thing," said Monk.

"They should have focused on what a good performance my players put in."

Jefferson Montero and Branislav Ivanovic
Jefferson Montero and Branislav Ivanovic compete at Stamford Bridge

Swansea twice came from behind to claim a creditable point against Chelsea on the opening day of the season.

But the post-match attention at Stamford Bridge turned to the fallout from Mourinho's criticism of Carneiro.

Eamonn Salmon, chief executive of the Football Medical Association - which represents professional medical staff in the sport - has backed Carneiro and physiotherapist Jon Fearn.

And Liverpool's former head of medicine Peter Brukner says Mourinho should apologise to the doctor.

But Carneiro posting on Facebook following Mourinho's comments was described as a "slap in the face" for the Portuguese manager by one of her predecessors, Ralph Rogers.

"What any club does internally is entirely up to them. It's their prerogative," said Monk.

Ki Sung-Yueng
Ki Sung-yueng is a South Korean international

"Who is on their bench each game is not my concern - it's not for me to judge that. How these things are handled is for others to judge.

"But the most disappointing part of all of that is what the national press have decided to focus on.

"They haven't focused on what a fantastic performance my players put on."

Swansea host Newcastle on Saturday, and Monk says midfielder Ki Sung-yueng could feature despite leaving the field against Chelsea with a hamstring injury.

"It's not a serious injury. He's back on the training field on Friday, whether that's too soon for the game we'll judge on Friday," said Monk.

"He looks after himself so it wouldn't surprise me if he's ready for the game."

Ecuadorian winger Jefferson Montero was also taken off at Stamford Bridge, but is available for Newcastle's visit to Liberty Stadium.

"He's fine - we just brought him off as a precaution," added Monk.

"He was cramping up at that point because he'd been running so hard. He deserved a little break.

"With explosive players there's always that risk and that was a little bit in my mind when I made the decision to bring him off because it's a long season."