Garry Monk pleased with resolute display
23rd August 2014
Garry Monk was pleased to see a different side to the Swans as they ran out 1-0 victors over Burnley at the Liberty Stadium.
Monk's men made it two wins out of two to continue their flying start to the 2014-15 Barclays Premier League campaign, courtesy of Nathan Dyer's 23rd minute strike.
After the Swans started brightly, Dyer put the hosts in front, midway through the first period, when he latched on to Gylfi Sigurdsson's neat through ball before finishing coolly past Tom Heaton.
Burnley came close to equalising through Lukas Jutkiewicz and David Jones in the second half, but the Swans withstood late pressure to clinch all three points.
And Monk was happy to see his side display their defensive capabilites to follow up last Saturday's winning start at Manchester United.
"It was a very hard fought three points," admitted the Swans boss. "We talked at half-time about how Burnley would come and throw everything at us.
"In the first half, I felt we pretty much controlled the game and should have got a second.
"But when we weren't at our fluid best in the second period, we showed a different side to us and dug in.
"There are times when you have to dig in, and I felt the boys were magnificent in that respect.
"We defended very, very well and limited them to one shot on target the whole game.
"A lot of that was down to the work we have done in pre-season, which was nice to see.
"It would've been nice to control the game better in the second half but, all in all, we did well."
Swansea's second win of the season takes the club level on points with top-of-the-table Chelsea.
But despite his side's fantastic start to the season, Monk is eyeing further improvements.
"We can do better," he added. "It's great to have six points, but the players know that you are only ever one or two games from people being on your back.
"We have a game on Tuesday [against Rotherham], which is what we will focus on now.
"We will try and improve on the mistakes we make and, ultimately, we want to try and win as many games as possible."
Meanwhile, Burnley boss Sean Dyche believes his side displayed positives signs in their second half showing.
"In the first half, we showed them too much respect," said Dyche. "But in the second half, I felt we were absolutely terrific.
"I think there are great signs for us. We applied ourselves very well. They dropped off a long way in the second half, and we were patient in our attacking play.
"But this is the Premier League, and you have to take your chances when you get them."