SKIPPER Ashley Williams hailed returning midfielder Ki Sung-Yueng as he South Korean rescued a point for Swansea against Sunderland on Saturday.
Ki dived to head home a Kyle Naughton cross to cancel out Jermain Defoe’s fine opener, showing his importance to the Swans.
He had been away on Asian Cup duty for a month, and defender Williams enthused: “He’s a massive player for us and we probably missed him a little bit while he’s been away.
“But he slotted right back in and was as good as he’s been all season.
“Ki and (debutant) Jack Cork put in good shifts and I thought Jack covered a lot of ground on his debut.
“Kyle (Naughton) set up the goal on his first home game. I felt the new boys did really well and worked hard.
“It will take a bit of time to get used to how we play and our style, but since coming in, they’ve settled in really well.
“I was a little bit disappointed with the way we played, but we showed great character to come back from a goal down, especially when you’re not playing as well as you want to.
“We’ve had a bit of a wobble after Christmas, but we’ve got four points from the last two games and we want to kick on now.”
Meanwhile, Swansea debutant Jack Cork reckons the Liberty Stadium side deserved all three points against the Black Cats.
The ex-Southampton midfielder told swanseacity.net: “Possession-wise it was pretty even, but I think we probably had a few more clear-cut chances than they did.
“We had a couple that flashed across goal, Bafe (Gomis) had a few chances, Ki had one disallowed, so we were also a bit unlucky not to come away with the win.
“But that’s football, that’s the way it goes sometimes and we ended up having to come back from a goal down.
“In the second half we got going again and the boy got the ball down and played some good stuff.”
Cork was content with his own performance, adding: “It’s always hard to come into a team when you’ve only had three or four days of training, but I’m reasonably pleased with how it went and hopefully I can be involved again on Wednesday against West Brom.
“Four points from six is a good return and if we can keep that up between now and the end of the season we’ll have a good run-in.”