Monk hoping for more of the same
21st August 2014
Garry Monk has urged his side to follow up last weekend's win at Old Trafford with another three points against Burnley on Saturday (3pm).
Swansea welcome the newly-promoted Clarets to the Liberty Stadium on the back of a superb opening-day victory over Manchester United.
Monk's side temporarily topped the Premier League table following a memorable performance at Old Trafford, but now turn their attention to home clash with Sean Dyche's side.
Burnley won automatic promotion to the top-flight last season as they returned to the Premier League after a four-year absence.
And Monk insists he wants his side to be celebrating once more come Saturday evening.
"The players have been great this week," he said. "We came back in after last Saturday and the focus has been solely on Burnley. The players know how important it is to perform again but it's about being on top of them and making sure we're ready.
"The most important aspect of last week was the three points and we got it - we must now try and do the same on Saturday.
"It's always great when you beat the big teams and even more so when nobody gave us a chance.
"But we can improve massively and the players know that."
Burnley suffered defeat in their first game back in the Premier League when they went down to a 3-1 loss against Chelsea at Turf Moor on Monday night.
The Clarets finished second in the SkyBet Championship last term, securing an impressive 93 points in the process.
And Monk believes his side are in for a stern test in SA1 this weekend.
"We realise how tough it is going to be," he said. "Burnley are a hard-working side and they are a group that works for one another and are a real threat.
"What Sean (Dyche) has done is very similar to ourselves when we came up to the Premier League.
"They have kept the nucleus of their squad together and they have to believe in what they are trying to do, because this league can be very cut throat.
"But if you are willing to work week in, week out then you've always got a chance."
With just eleven days left until the end of this summer's transfer window, the Swans added Argentinean international Federico Fernandez to their squad this week.
And Monk is hoping that there could yet be more new arrivals before the window slams shut at 11pm on September 1.
"There are still targets we are negotiating with," he said. "Hopefully we'll have another two or three in before the end of the window.
"We've been linked with a number of players but until its done and dusted it would be wrong of me to talk about it."
Meanwhile, Monk confirmed that the club are waiting on international clearance as to whether Fernandez will feature against Burnley.
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