Monk: We're only going to get better
25th September 2014
Garry Monk insists his side are only going to get better as they chase a fourth league win of the season against Sunderland on Saturday (3pm).
The Swans head to the Stadium of Light on the back of a resounding victory over Everton in the third round of the Capital One Cup in midweek.
However, Monk's side have lost their last two league games against Chelsea and Southampton, despite sitting in fifth place in the Premier League.
And this weekend they face a Sunderland side who are still searching for their first win of the campaign following four draws and a defeat in their opening five games.
"The boys are at the same level we have been all season," said Monk. "We've performed very well in all the games so far, and we're a group that is together and playing for one another
"It's nice to go into Saturday's game after a win, because wins give you momentum. I think we are only going to get better from here.
"This weekend is a tricky game for us, but we have to go there with confidence and impose our game on them.
"We'll be aware of the quality they have and we'll have to start the game well.
"As we've proven already, everyone can beaten on their day."
Meanwhile, winger Wayne Routledge has signed a one-year contract extension at the Liberty Stadium after an impressive start to the campaign.
And Monk was full of praise for the 29-year-old, who arrived at the Swans back in the summer of 2011.
"It's great news," he said. "Wayne deserves it and he's found a home here where he can show everyone what he can do.
"He has contributed massively and is an experienced professional. That is invaluable to the squad and to the young players, and we are delighted that he is with us."
Monk also confirmed that Wilfried Bony will return to the squad for Saturday's game after serving a one-match ban, while Leon Britton and Jordi Amat remain the only absentees through injury.