Garry Monk sends message to Swansea’s rivals ahead of Norwich City clash

06:30 05 November 2015

Swansea City manager Garry Monk. Picture: Simon Galloway/PA Wire.

Swansea City manager Garry Monk. Picture: Simon Galloway/PA Wire.

PA Wire

Garry Monk is confident that Swansea City will return to winning ways if they can keep replicating their display against Arsenal.

Even though the Welsh club lost 3-0 at home to the Premier League title hopefuls on Saturday, the Swans’ boss was delighted with the efforts of his side. They head to Norfolk this weekend in search of only a second win in nine matches but Monk is urging his players to remain positive as they prepare to take on Norwich City.

“The Arsenal defeat was a real hard one to take because there were so many positives to take from the game, but people don’t do that because of the result — everyone will focus on the result,” said the 36-year-old.

“But I’ve tried to tell the players to focus on what we did well, while making sure we put right the mistakes we made. We can’t afford sloppy or poor goals against us at this level, but the positive thing is that if we keep playing football like we did last weekend against teams who are around us, we will do well.

“We are not going to come up against teams like Arsenal, with that quality, every week. If we play like that, we will definitely win more games than we lose.”

The 16th-placed Canaries go into the clash having failed to win any of their last six matches. Four top-flight defeats in a row have undone some encouraging early-season results with Alex Neil’s men now sitting just two points above the relegation zone.

Swansea, 13th, are only four points better off though with Monk admitting he expects a thorough examination at Carrow Road.

“It’s not going to be easy,” Monk added. “There are no easy games and these teams make it hard to play like we did against Arsenal But it’s about the attitude we showed against Arsenal. You could sense there was something about us, especially in the first half.

“Our intentions were good, and it’s now about keeping it that way.”

Monk’s former team-mate Alan Tate expects Swansea to start climbing the table sooner rather than later.

He, also speaking to the South Wales Evening Post, said: “The Stoke game (a 1-0 home loss) was the biggest disappointment for me, but they will come through it.

“I don’t think they will be in trouble with relegation or anything like that. There are too many good players at the club for that to happen.”


  • We've played average teams so far and lost! I envy Watford Town who invested money to stay in the PL How are they doing? . I very much doubt we will beat the poorest team in the PL. As I said in August we needed a CB and CH. With the big money coming in next year one would have thought we would at least try to stay up! I've supported Norwich for 40 years and can honestly say this will be the most embarrassing season we will have!! I've heard if we stay in PL Delia will invest in a new stand and invest in top players. (heard that before) Which basically means another few seasons in the championship a sub standard stadium and Delia laughing all the way to the bank. Is she on crack?

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    Vampire Jon

    Saturday, November 7, 2015

  • Ho Hum. Here we go again with all the whingers, knockers and doubters. I don't know how many of the players or indeed AN actually bother to read some of the dross on these sites, but for sure it is hardly inspirational is it? Why not take a look at where last seasons champions are, and the North East club situation doesn't look terribly rosy does it?, Try stopping all the negativity and start supporting the club or nip off forty miles down the A140 to see a real sad team in action. We are with the big boys and yes we'll get a hiding from time to time, but overall I would rather be in our position than a lot more I could mention

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    Thursday, November 5, 2015

  • We'll find out for sure at 10 to Five on Saturday, Flecky. Go on AN, start Declan... I dare you!

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    el dingo

    Thursday, November 5, 2015

  • Given we gave Newcastle three points I'm damn certain we'll probably gift Swansea a win. Just the way things are going at the minute. Or maybe we are just a bit sh1te?!

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    Thursday, November 5, 2015

  • lol @Lincs. Sadly it's software not an actual moderator, and so far Archie has failed to respond to my questions on the issue. I needed six attempts 3 or 4 days back, and eventually got it posted just before the article rolled off the front page, so I dunno if anyone read it or people are just ignoring me? I fear Swansea will be up for this game, so I hope we start playing from the first minute.

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    Reg Breeze

    Thursday, November 5, 2015

  • If his team gains so much confidence from a 3 - 0 reverse we should be thankful it wasn't 6 - 0. Any way he's simply copied AN's last post match interview, inserting Rrsenal for ManC. And another thing, how come the moderator let this article through when the team from London has its name spelled proper.

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    Lincs Canary

    Thursday, November 5, 2015

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