Garry Monk hails importance of Swans support

27th November 2014

Garry Monk believes the "amazing" Swans support can help spur his side on to victory against Crystal Palace on Saturday.

The Swans received a tremendous backing last time out at the Liberty Stadium when they came from behind to beat Arsenal 2-1 a fortnight ago.

Around 1,800 Swans supporters made the trip to the Etihad Stadium last weekend, with captain Ashley Williams hailing the backing his side received against defending Premier League champions Manchester City. 

And the Swans boss was keen to reiterate his skipper's views on the importance of the Jack Army as they look to make home advantage count this weekend.

"We need our crowd," said Monk. "The atmosphere at the Arsenal game was amazing and the players felt it. It pushed us on in the difficult moments as well as the good.

"When we went a goal behind, the crowd didn't stop. They were very vocal and it helped push us on.

"The affect it has on the players cannot be underestimated. Their support will be massive for us in the coming weeks.

"Hopefully we can put on a performance that can get the result on the pitch on Saturday."

Monk's men host the Eagles at the Liberty Stadium aiming for a return to winning ways following last weekend's narrow 2-1 defeat to Manuel Pellegrini's side, which became the club's first defeat in four games.

Meanwhile, Neil Warnock's side travel to SA1 in high spirits after their sensational 3-1 victory at home to Liverpool last weekend.

A win on Saturday could see the Swans move back up to fifth in the table, but Monk is aware of the difficult test the Eagles will pose.

"Crystal Palace will come here full of confidence and with a game plan to try and stop us playing," added Monk. "Hopefully we'll be able to overcome that and show our quality.

"We had a tough game against them here last season, and I'm sure they'll give us a tough game on Saturday.

"We're expecting them to be very physical, so we will have to stand up to that and impose ourselves on them.

"We're improving game-on-game, and hopefully we can continue that on Saturday."