Monk hoping for change in fortune against Hammers
8th January 2015
Garry Monk is hoping for a reversal of fortunes when Swansea City take on West Ham this Saturday (3pm).
The Swans welcome Sam Allardyce's side to the Liberty Stadium with the two sides both enjoying positive seasons thus far.
West Ham currently sit seventh in the Premier League table, just three points and two places above Swansea.
The Hammers have impressed so far this year and recorded a 3-1 victory over Garry Monk's side last month.
And ahead of the second meeting between the two teams this weekend, Monk is hoping that his players can produce a far better performance than that in December as well as stopping the threat of in-form Andy Carroll.
"I felt disappointed that day because we didn't reach the levels we have set this season," he said.
"We were up against a very good side, but we didn't use our strengths. Hopefully we can do that a lot better on Saturday and get a positive result.
"I think they (West Ham) have done very well this season. I watched them against Everton on Tuesday and they played some excellent football.
"They have scored some good goals and have a strong team with a great squad of players.
"He (Carroll) has done well against us. We have to deal with that and stop the source as well. Hopefully we can implement that into the game on Saturday and the players are understanding a lot more about those situations."
Jefferson Montero (hamstring) remains sidelined through injury, while Jonjo Shelvey is still suspended for Saturday's game.
Meanwhile, Monk confirmed that new signings Nelson Oliveira and Matt Grimes are both available.
"Both players are available," he said. "They are just getting up to speed with how we work but they have both settled in well.
"For Nelson it is a new culture and a different way of playing and a higher intensity, but he's worked very hard.
"Matty has great potential and its my job to use him at the right times."