8:58 PM EST, Fri February 27, 2015
South Wales Evening Post 19 hours ago
Garry Monk ponders over formation as Swansea City target another...

Garry Monk ponders over formation as Swansea City target another...

GARRY Monk reckons Swansea City's diamond formation could sparkle again as he considers whether to stick with the new system at Burnley tomorrow.Swansea went away from their long-standing 4-2-3-1 set-up against Manchester United last weekend in a bid to stifle Louis van Gaal's star-studded team.And though Sean Dyche's Burnley side do not feature the same individual talents that United have at their disposal, Monk could be tempted to play the same way again.Former Burnley player Jack Cork starred...
South Wales Evening Post 19 hours ago
Garry Monk turns up the heat in Swansea City training ahead of...

Garry Monk turns up the heat in Swansea City training ahead of...

GARRY Monk has turned up the heat on his players this week in a bid to ensure they do not wilt at Burnley tomorrow.Swansea City's players chalked up one of their results of the season by toppling Manchester United last weekend.But Monk ensured celebrations did not last long by raising the bar on the training ground.The Swansea manager admits it is a challenge to ensure the focus is right after a memorable win which puts his team within sight of Premier League survival.And he revealed:...
Swansea City 2 Manchester United 1: Famous double sees Garry Monk...

Swansea City 2 Manchester United 1: Famous double sees Garry Monk...

GARRY Monk promised himself a first glass of red in nine months after Swansea City's vintage victory over Manchester United.But he won't be uncorking the bubbly until Swansea's job for the season is done.Such is the life of a football manager.The elation which comes with a win — even if it is an historic one — only lasts so long.Almost immediately, focus returns to the work which lies ahead.Success against United means the big target of Monk's first full season is now within sight....
HEADS UP COLUMN: Swansea City must lighten Garry Monk's mood...

HEADS UP COLUMN: Swansea City must lighten Garry Monk's mood...

GARRY Monk takes defeats about as well as Louis van Gaal handles flak about tactics.There are no pamphlets dished out in Monk's press conferences — not yet anyway — but then the Swansea City manager does not need a diagram to get his thoughts across.After a loss, his face does that for him.The last bloke in the Swansea manager's office was accused of not caring enough when things went wrong.It is not a criticism that could ever be levelled at Monk.Swansea's current boss bristles with...
Garry Monk tells Swansea City to take responsibility against...

Garry Monk tells Swansea City to take responsibility against...

GARRY Monk has told his Swansea City players they must take responsibility if they are to take the points when they host Manchester United this weekend.Monk wants a response from his team after last week's lacklustre showing in defeat at West Brom.And the Swansea manager believes his players must get the ugly side of the game right against Louis van Gaal's star-studded side.United could include the likes of Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie, Radamel Falcao and Angel Di Maria in a starting XI...
Swansea City boss Garry Monk could be spoilt for choice against...

Swansea City boss Garry Monk could be spoilt for choice against...

GARRY Monk could face a host of selection calls when Swansea City host Manchester United next weekend with every one of his players hoping to be available.Gylfi Sigurdsson is in contention having served a three-match ban following his red card at Blackburn Rovers last month.And Swansea could also have Marvin Emnes and Modou Barrow back in the fold after injury problems.Emnes has been sidelined since limping off with a hamstring strain at Southampton on February 1, while Barrow sat out...
Swansea City boss Garry Monk demands "100 per cent"...

Swansea City boss Garry Monk demands "100 per cent"...

GARRY Monk has told his Swansea City players a 100 per cent improvement is required if they are to topple Manchester United next weekend.Monk was angered by his team's lacklustre showing at West Brom in midweek, when Swansea slumped to defeat thanks to a drab display which was short on intensity.Despite the setback, Swansea remain well placed in ninth in the Premier League table.But Monk has left his players in no doubt that the Albion performance was unacceptable, and that a...
Swansea City boss Garry Monk criticises players after West Brom...

Swansea City boss Garry Monk criticises players after West Brom...

GARRY Monk criticised his Swansea City players for their lack of "tempo and intensity" as they slumped to defeat at West Brom. Swansea travelled to The Hawthorns with high hopes after positive results against Southampton and Sunderland. But they were eventually beaten in what was a fairly uninspiring game, with second-half goals from Brown Ideye and Saido Berahino condemning Monk's men to defeat. And the Swansea manager bemoaned what was a lacklustre performance. "The first half was pretty even,...
Garry Monk wants February surge to win Swansea City their best...

Garry Monk wants February surge to win Swansea City their best...

GARRY Monk is targeting a February surge as Swansea City eye their best ever Premier League finish.After a miserable January, Swansea head for West Brom tonight hoping to stretch their unbeaten run to three games.Last Saturday's 1-1 draw with Sunderland means that in his first 38 top-flight games at the helm — the equivalent of a full league season — Monk has banked 52 points.But while he is pleased with that record, Monk insists it is what Swansea do in 2014-15 that really...
'He has been really supportive' — Swansea City boss Garry...

'He has been really supportive' — Swansea City boss Garry...

THE peak of the signature baseball cap is unlikely to be seen poking out of the Liberty Stadium's home dugout any time soon.But that is not to say Tony Pulis does not have his admirers at Swansea City.When the time comes for Swansea's decision-makers to choose a manager, they seek out someone who believes in their possession-based philosophy.Hence Pulis is not expected to feature on their radar.But there is no snobbery from Garry Monk about the style of football Pulis demands from his teams.Far...
Complacency kills: Garry Monk warns Swansea City players as he...

Complacency kills: Garry Monk warns Swansea City players as he...

GARRY Monk has warned his players that complacency kills as he bids to inspire Swansea City to their best ever Premier League season.Monk's men are just two wins away from crossing the top flight's traditional 40-point safety line with 14 games still to play.The Swansea boss is determined to reach the landmark as quickly as possible — and insists his team must then push on.I talked about complacency before the game on Saturday — I think it's the biggest killer in our...
Swansea City's Jonjo Shelvey thriving in new role, reckons Garry...

Swansea City's Jonjo Shelvey thriving in new role, reckons Garry...

GARRY Monk reckons Jonjo Shelvey is enjoying life at No. 10 having been pushed forward in the absence of Gylfi Sigurdsson.Shelvey followed up his match-winning display at Southampton with another bright performance in Swansea City's 1-1 draw against Sunderland last weekend.With Sigurdsson serving the last leg of his three-game suspension, ex-Liverpool star Shelvey is again likely to start behind Bafetimbi Gomis at West Brom tomorrow.And Monk said: I think Jonjo enjoys that role behind the...
Garry Monk: Swansea City now working on attack having progressed...

Garry Monk: Swansea City now working on attack having progressed...

GARRY Monk has revealed he is focusing on his frontline ahead of Wednesday's trip to West Brom as Swansea City bid to add to their attacking threat. Swansea are still getting used to life without Wilfried Bony, while Gylfi Sigurdsson's suspension - the last game of which will be served in midweek - has not helped their cause going forward. Monk worked hard on defensive shape and approach during his early days in charge, and believes Swansea are a tougher nut to crack than they were this time 12...
Swansea City boss Garry Monk's wants to banish memory of Chelsea...

Swansea City boss Garry Monk's wants to banish memory of Chelsea...

GARRY Monk has urged Swansea City to banish the memory of their last Liberty performance by producing a stellar showing against Sunderland today (3).Swansea suffered their heaviest home defeat for 24 years when they were crushed 5-0 by Chelsea three weeks ago.Monk's men then lost an FA Cup tie to Championship side Blackburn.But they recovered last weekend to secure a surprise away win over high-flying Southampton.Now Monk has told his players to build on that triumph and prove the previous two...
Swansea City v Sunderland: Garry Monk's men

Swansea City v Sunderland: Garry Monk's men

GARRY Monk can feel confident Sunderland won't get the sort of helping hand tomorrow that they received at Fulham in midweek.Gus Poyet's team were trailing — albeit against the run of play — to their Championship hosts in Tuesday night's FA Cup replay until Marcus Bettinelli did his bit for the next football bloopers DVD.Fulham's young English goalkeeper dropped one of the clangers of the season when he inexplicably spilled Patrick van Aanholt's looping cross into his own net.From...

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