Monk pleased with partnerships and performances in Friendly win
2nd August 2014
Garry Monk took big positives from the partnerships and performances of his players as the Swans beat Reading 3-1 in their penultimate pre-season friendly.
Two goals from Wayne Routledge and another from Bafetimbi Gomis sealed victory over the Championship side, while Wilfried Bony also saw his first-half penalty strike the crossbar.
Eight of Monk's starting XI featured for the full 90 minutes against the Royals, while the Swans boss also experimented with different partnerships and formations.
And he was delighted with the overall outcome of his side's latest pre-season test.
"It was a good workout for us," said Monk. "Reading are an organised team so we knew it would be tough, but it was a case of getting the players minutes.
"It was the first 90 minutes for a lot of them, so that was a positive for us.
"We are trying to be an attacking side that is enjoyable to watch, but we want a nice edge to us too.
"We created a lot of chances and the fact the players got 90 minutes is very pleasing.
"We've tried a number of different partnerships all around the pitch. It's about working out what works and what doesn't.
"You must have different options. The game has moved on and you can't be set in stone on formations - you need a plan b and c. You must be flexible and everyone must understand what they are doing."
Summer signing Gomis was on the scoresheet once again while recent acquisition Jefferson Montero - who had scored his first goal for the club in Friday night's defeat at Bournemouth - also impressed off the bench.
And Monk praised the impact his six summer signings have already made at the club, while he also revealed he will be looking to add to his squad.
"We wanted quality and competition for places and they bring that to the squad," added Monk.
"They are good people too, which helps them fit in to a group which is very much together, which I promote.
"The more players of that quality we can bring in to the group the better.
"I'd like to bring in two or three more in to give us more strength in depth and competition for places.
"We've been linked with a number of players, but I'll keep our targets to myself."