Garry Monk hails squad's strength in depth
26th August 2014
Garry Monk hailed his squad's strength in depth after the Swans beat Rotherham United 1-0 to advance to the third round of the Capital One Cup.
Despite making ten changes to the side that beat Burnley 1-0 on Saturday, Monk's men controlled proceedings as Bafetimbi Gomis scored on his first start to send the Swans through.
The 29-year-old slid a shot past Scott Loach in the 22nd minute after a clever turn inside the penalty area.
And after handing debuts to the likes of Federico Fernandez, Tom Carroll and Josh Sheehan, Monk believes there is plenty of competition for places in his squad.
"You always worry that the fluency might not quite be there when you make so many changes, but we controlled the game," said the Swans boss.
"I believe in the players that we have here. Everyone is in it together, and the whole squad can compete for a first-team place.
"We spoke after the Burnley game about needing to make sure we controlled the game by passing the ball well.
"In the second-half, I think we did that extremely well and should have added one or two more goals to make it more comfortable.
"But all in all, we did very well, were very professional and the 1-0 win takes us into the next round."
Tuesday night's victory at the Liberty maintains Swansea's 100 per cent record start to the 2014-15 campaign.
And while acknowledging his side's positive beginning to the new season, Monk believes his side will get even better.
"From what we have shown so far this season, we've showed the right attitude," he added.
"The momentum that we have at the moment, albeit only three games, is good.
"Of course we can get better and improve, but tonight, everyone did the job that was needed."
Meanwhile, Monk was also keen to praise Nathan Dyer after the flying winger captained the Swans for the first time tonight.
He added: "Nathan had a bounce in his step with the armband on.
"He deserves it for what he has done for the club. I felt he was magnificent tonight and led very well."