Monk's up for the cup

14th February

Garry Monk insists Swansea City will be looking to progress in the FA Cup when they face Everton on Sunday (1.30pm).

The Swans travel to Goodison Park for their fifth round clash following wins against Manchester United and Birmingham previously.

They now come up against an Everton side that has enjoyed a fine season so far, with both sides looking to book a place in the last eight of the competition.

And Monk, who remains unbeaten since taking over as head coach at the Liberty Stadium, says his side will be looking to continue the momentum gained from the derby win over Cardiff and Wednesday's draw with Stoke.

"Of course we want to progress," he said. "We had a good experience in a cup competition last year, and we'll be trying to win the game.

"But we have to approach it how we want to and do the best we can.

"The competition has massive history and all the players will be aware of it growing up and one they look forward to playing in.

"But if we can come through this month with some good performances and good results, then I think it will stand us in good stead for the rest of the season."

Everton have been somewhat of a bogey team for the Swans over the last couple of seasons, and the Toffees recorded a 2-1 win at the Liberty Stadium back in December.

Under the guidance of former Swans player and boss Roberto Martinez, the Merseyside club lie fifth in the Premier League table as they chase a place in next season's Champions League.

And Monk had nothing but praise for his former team-mate, and manager, ahead of Sunday's meeting at Goodison Park.

"I got to form a really good bond with him when he was here," he said. "I've learnt a lot from him and he is great guy at the top of his game right now.

"But it will be good to see him and his staff as well. We keep in contact and I'm sure that relationship will always be there."

Monk also reserved praise for his players after a testing couple of weeks in SA1, and provided an injury update on Michu ahead of Sunday's game.

"I know what all the players can do," he said. "But the boys have enjoyed it, and you can see that in their performances.

"They were being questioned as players and they are now proving a point.

"He (Michu) is training today and we'll see how he feels. If he feels fine then maybe he'll play a part on Sunday."