Monk proud of record-breaking Swans
25th April 2015
Garry Monk declared himself proud and "very satisfied" as the Swans surpassed their record Premier League points total with a 3-2 win at Newcastle United.
Monk's men ensured that they made yet more history this season as goals from Nelson Oliveira, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Jack Cork secured a history-making win for the club.
Ayoze Perez opened the scoring for the visitors on 13 minutes, before Oliveira levelled on the cusp of half-time - his first goal for the club.
Sigurdsson then scored his eighth of the season to put the Swans in front after the break, before Cork finished off a superb counter-attack by Monk's men to make it 3-1.
Second-half substitute Siem de Jong pulled one back for the hosts with a well-timed volley late on, but it wasn't enough to spoil Swansea's history-making party.
And Monk declared himself proud of his side's achievement.
"It's very satisfying," said the Swans boss. "I'm extremely proud of everyone - the players, the staff, the fans.
"We knew at the start of the season that if we committed to working hard we could achieve something this season.
"It's a complete team effort and everyone plays their part. We've been fantastic and showed a lot of different sides to ourselves this season. We've played some excellent football, as we showed today in the second half.
"Nelson's goal was at a great time for us. We were disappointed to concede early on, because it came against the run of play a little bit.
"Newcastle started the game well, but I felt we were coming into the game.
"The reaction to get the goal before half-time was crucial, and we knew if we stepped it up in the second half we could create goals - and that proved to be the case.
"But I will always push for more. My job now is to make sure we finish the season with more wins and make it even more difficult to surpass again."
Meanwhile, Newcastle interim manager John Carver was disappointed to suffer defeat but felt he couldn't fault his side's effort.
"I thought we started the game quite well in a different formation," said Carver. "We played some good football and could have come in at half-time two-nil up.
"I felt we were in control of the game, but my one worry was set-plays because that is our achilles heel, and they scored from a corner.
"We then conceded an early goal in the second half, which drained our confidence.
"It's disappointing, but I can't really fault my players' effort. We've got four massive games now and we'll keep fighting."