Monday's media watch
24th August 2015
Today's media coverage looks back on the Swans' 1-1 draw against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.
Bafetimbi Gomis put the visitors ahead on the stroke of half-time with his third goal in as many games, but a second-half strike from Jermain Defoe earned Sunderland a share of the spoils and their first point of the campaign.
Garry Monk declared himself happy with his side's start to the season, goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianksi looks ahead to next Sunday's clash against Manchester United at the Liberty and York City manager Russ Wilcox previews his side's trip to the Liberty on Tuesday in the Capital One Cup.
South Wales Evening Post
Garry Monk reckons Swansea City can be well pleased with their early-season form despite seeing two points slip through their fingers at Sunderland this weekend.
Swansea continued their unbeaten start to 2015-16 thanks to a 1-1 draw at the Stadium of Light.
But the truth is that they should really have been celebrating victory after missing a string of chances to add to the lead given to them by Bafetimbi Gomis in first-half stoppage time.
After the opportunities went begging, Swansea were pegged back when Jermain Defoe scored midway through the second period.
But though there was obvious frustration about the failure to win on Wearside, Monk believes his players can take pride in the performances they have produced in the early weeks of the season.
"We want to put runs of results together because it's important in this league. We tried to get back-to-back wins together this weekend and it didn't quite happen," he said.
"But we're still unbeaten after three games and five points is a good start, although it's the way we're playing that is most important.
"The points have been earned and we could probably have had more from the two games we've drawn if we're honest, but I'll take it. It's a good start."
South Wales Evening Post
Lukasz Fabianski reckons Swansea City will be facing a new improved Manchester United when two unbeaten sides go head to head at the Liberty next weekend.
Questions are being asked about United's attacking power, with Wayne Rooney short of his best form and a lack of alternatives up front for Louis van Gaal.
But the Red Devils are yet to concede a Premier League goal this term, and Fabianski believes they will be a tougher proposition than they were last season.
"I think we are looking at a different United team this year," said the Swansea keeper. "They have made some big signings and they have changed a bit.
"Hopefully we will prepare ourselves well this week and we will be ready. But just looking at what they have done so far this season, you can see they are getting good results.
"They have got off to a really good start which is a difference compared to last year. I think they are a team who have improved."
York City boss Russ Wilcox could rotate his squad for Tuesday night's Capital One Cup trip to Swansea.
Wilcox felt his side looked tired during a 0-0 draw at Exeter this afternoon and might now rest certain players for the second round tie.
Defender Stephane Zubar will definitely be ruled out after twisting his knee in the St James Park turf, but others might also sit out the Liberty Stadium test with Wilcox reasoning that next weekend's league meeting with Mansfield should be prioritised.
"Recharging for Tuesday night is going to be so difficult on the back of two long journeys and it's a worry," he said. "We had eight hours on the road the day before this game and it took us three hours just to get to Doncaster.
"We've also played five matches in 14 days now and I thought we looked dead on our feet. Some of our lads are absolutely wiped out and, when fatigue comes into play, you can pick up injuries so, whilst I want to put out my strongest team and Swansea's a great arena to play in, the bigger picture is we don't want to lose players and I would prefer to win against Mansfield.
"I'm sure everybody will want to play but I've got to do what's best for the football club and, in the long-term, the league is more important. "
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