Monk calls on players to make history
9th April 2015
Garry Monk has called on his players to make history on Saturday as Swansea City go in search of a record Premier League points total when they face Everton (12.45pm).
The Swans welcome Roberto Martinez's side to the Liberty Stadium knowing victory would see them surpass their previous best top-flight points total of 47.
Monk's men currently sit on 46 points following last Saturday's win over Hull, while they could also win three straight league matches for the first time since August.
And the Swans boss insists his players know what is at stake as they aim to re-write the record books once more.
"A lot of people have questioned in recent weeks what we have to play for," he said. "It (points total) was one of the targets we set at the start of the season and we have a great chance to do that.
"We have seven games to go, we are one point behind it and hopefully we'll surpass that and push on from there.
"We set targets in-house at the start of the season and that was one of them and hopefully we can reveal a few more by the end of the season."
Monk added: "The first objective in all three previous seasons, and this year, was to get safe as soon as possible. What has happened at that stage previously is we have possible relaxed a little and tapered off towards the end of the season.
"It's natural to have that when you are new to the league, but this season we have tried to focus on wanting more. It's the right mentality to have and the layers are doing very well at the moment.
"We've played Aston Villa and Hull recently - who are both fighting for their lives - so to come out of those two games the way we did was a really good sign for the group."
Swansea face an Everton side this weekend who have won their last three league games to all but secure safety in the Premier League.
The Toffees impressed during this season's Europa League but have struggled to find the eye-catching form that led them to a fifth-placed finish in the Premier League last season.
"I'm sure Roberto (Martinez) has been a little bit disappointed with their league position," said Monk. "But they have just won three in a row and that's how quickly things can change in football. They have momentum now and I'm sure they will come here with confidence.
"They have great players and it will be a tough game, but one I'm looking forward to."
Meanwhile, Monk confirmed that they will assess the fitness of Jefferson Montero, who missed last week's win over Hull with a muscle strain.