Bartley: Team spirit is key factor in Swans' early success
17th November 2014
Kyle Bartley believes the Swans' best start to a Barclays Premier League season is down to one major factor - a happy camp.
Garry Monk's side has picked up 18 points from 11 games this term - five points more than their previous highest total at this stage.
The 2-1 victory over Arsenal prior to the international break means the Swans sit level with fourth-placed West Ham.
And Bartley, who made his first league appearance of the campaign against the Gunners, says team morale has played a significant part in the club's early success.
"The manager has kept the whole squad happy and he has stressed that everybody will be needed and must be ready for when they are called upon," said the centre-back.
"You saw the likes of Bafe (Gomis) and Modou (Barrow) make big impacts off the bench against Arsenal while I got my first league appearance of the season.
"It's the best start we've made in the Premier League and the manager has to take credit.
"Everyone is working hard on the training pitch and behind the scenes. It's a really good place to be and everyone has a smile on their faces."
The Swans return to league action this weekend when they visit Manchester City (3pm).