Monk aiming for home improvement

27th March 2014

Garry Monk is aiming for home improvement when the Swans host Norwich at the Liberty on Saturday (3pm).

The Swans welcome the Canaries to SA1, with both sides well aware of the significance of this weekend's fixture.

Following the 2-2 draw at Arsenal on Tuesday night, Monk's side sit five points above the drop zone in 15th position, while Norwich are two points and two places above the Swans in 13th.

Three points this weekend would be a massive boost for either side, heading into the final six games of the season.

And in what is such a crucial match, Monk is hoping to put on a performance as well as get the result that will please the home supporters.

"We want to get our home form back to what it has been here over the years," said the Swans head coach.

"After the West Brom game, we feel that we owe the crowd a good performance.

"We need to use the Arsenal game as momentum going into this match and try to draw on the experience.

"It was a confidence boost against a top side. Those are the sort of performances we need to produce for the remainder of the season. 

"Obviously it will be a totally different game on Saturday.

"We are expecting a tough test. I think their league position belies how good they are because they have some very good players.

"But we have a good group, and I think you can see by the performances that they all want to do it. 

"All of the players have been impressive; they've all been pushing each other.

"But it's about results. At this point of the season, every point is vital. It's always the way at this time of the season."

Meanwhile, Monk also highlighted the importance of top scorer Wilfried Bony, who scored his 20th goal of the season in all competitions at the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday night.

The Ivory Coast international was a key figure in Swansea's impressive performance, and Monk is hoping for more of the same this weekend.

"Wilfried had one of his best performances against Arsenal," added Monk. "He was very strong, got himself a great goal and worked well with Michu.

"He's a good focal point, he keeps defenders occupied and he scores a lot of goals.

"It would be great for Michu, who has been out for so long, to get some goals too. 

"He's enthusiastic and working hard in training, and another one who can have a big influence.

"Against Arsenal, it was a good performance by the whole team, and we will need to be as good as that, if not better, for the remaining games of the season."