Monk prepared for tough Hammers test
5th December 2014
Garry Monk insists his side are in for another test of their credentials when they face in-form West Ham on Sunday (1.30pm).
The Swans travel to the Boleyn Ground this weekend as they also look to continue their fine run of form.
Monk's side have lost just once in their last six league games and sit seventh in the Premier League table, while the Hammers have also enjoyed a positive campaign thus far.
Sam Allardyce's charges are fifth in the table, just two points ahead of the Swans leading up to Sunday's clash, and Monk is aware of the task that awaits his side in east London.
"They have done incredibly well," he said. "They have been up there since the start of the season and have a very good team and squad with plenty of quality.
"I've watched a lot of them this season and it is great credit to their manager that they are where they are.
"But it is another tough game for us and a difficult place to. It's also a great place to play football because they have good fans and the atmosphere is always great there and hopefully we can go there and put a performance on."
Sunday's game will be the Swans' third in the space of a week following a draw against Crystal Palace and a midweek victory over Queens Park Rangers.
West Ham claimed a maximum six points following wins over Newcastle and West Brom, and have been boosted by the return of Andy Carroll from injury.
"Four points from our last two games is a good tally," said Monk. "We wanted six points but they were two different games in a short space of time and I thought we dealt with both games well and came through it unscathed.
"He (Carroll) will cause any defence trouble. The stature and strength he has is very difficult to deal with for 90 minutes. It's a challenge for us and it will be difficult.
"They (West Ham) mix it up a lot more this season. The players they have brought in can play football but they can also go direct as well."