Stoke game biggest of the season, says Monk
30th April 2015
Garry Monk says Saturday's game against Stoke City is the club's biggest game of the season (3pm).
The Swans re-wrote their record books last weekend as victory over Newcastle took them to their highest-ever points tally in the Barclays Premier League.
That result moved Monk's men on to 50 points for the season as they remain in eighth place in the table.
They now have a chance to make more history as an eighth-place finish would be the club's highest standing since arriving in the top-flight four years ago.
And with Saturday's opponents Stoke just one place and three points behind them with four games to play, Monk has identified this weekend's clash as pivotal.
"It's a vital game and probably the most important one of our season," he said. "We've been in the top ten all year and it is important that we consolidate that position. There is a real possibility for us to finish eighth and the highest we have ever finished in the Premier League.
"Stoke are a direct opponent, they are only three points behind us and it is a defining game. Mark has done a very good job there and it will be a tough game but one we're really looking forward to."
Meanwhile, the Swans boss also reflected on what has been a memorable week following the victory over Newcastle which saw his side achieve one of this season's targets.
"I'm really proud of that achievement," said Monk. "I'm also proud of the players and the staff, as well as the fans and everyone else who is involved with the club.
"But there is still a little way to go and we always want more. It's now important that we add to that tally.
"We've approached every game this season thinking we can win it and there are now four games to play and plenty of points to play for."
Monk also confirmed that Jefferson Montero is fit and available after the winger was substituted against Newcastle last weekend with what looked like a hamstring problem, while Neil Taylor returns after missing the last two games through suspension.