Garry Monk pleased with positive start
30th August 2014
Garry Monk hailed his side for their promising start to the season after the Swans ran out 3-0 winners over West Brom at the Liberty Stadium.
On the back of victories over Manchester United and Burnley, Monk's side maintained their perfect start to the Premier League campaign, courtesy of a brace from Nathan Dyer and a goal from Wayne Routledge.
Much like the two sides' last meeting at the Liberty fixture, the Swans got off to a flying start when Dyer linked up well with Sigurdsson before rounding goalkeeper Ben Foster and finishing from an acute angle.
Midway through the first period, Routledge extended Swansea's lead with a spectacular volley from the edge of the box before Dyer added his second of the game when he finished low past Foster in the 71st minute after latching on to another Sigurdsson pass.
And while admitting his delight with his side's start to the season, Monk insisted there is room for improvement.
"We were very good in many aspects today," said the Swans boss. "It's a good start, but that's all it is.
"There is a long way to go and a lot more work to do. But, in terms of the start we've had, we're pretty much where we should be.
"It's good to have that winning habit, which is always nice to have within your squad, but when you're trying to be a perfectionist you see more things they do wrong than right.
"But today it was important to start the game well and, ultimately, we got the win."
And after being questioned whether he would be reassessing his side's targets for the season on the back of Swansea's emphatic start, Monk insists his side will not be getting ahead of themselves.
"Our only concern is the next game," he added. "We will go to Chelsea after the international break and give a good account of ourselves.
"They are one of the most powerful teams in the league, but we'll prepare as well as we possibly can.
"Realistically, we want to get to the so-called 40-point barrier as fast as possible."
Meanwhile, West Brom boss Alan Irvine felt the writing was on the wall for his side after they got off to the worst possible start this afternoon.
"It couldn't have been a worse start," admitted Irvine. "You spend a week getting ready for the game, but then someone slips. It made what would've been a tough game an even tougher one.
"And as things were looking like they would settle down, we made another mistake and, before we knew it, we were 2-0 down.
"They responded well to the half-time break and made fewer unforced errors, kept the ball better and created some chances.
"But the start, psychologically, was difficult to react to."