Swansea City boss Garry Monk pleased after Exeter City exercise

29th July 2014

Garry Monk labelled the Swans' latest friendly victory a useful exercise as the club's pre-season preparations continue to gather pace.
The Swans followed up their 4-0 win at Plymouth by beating Exeter City 2-0 at St James Park.
Monk used 21 players as he continues to monitor his squad ahead of the Barclays Premier League opener with Manchester United next month.
Goals in either half from summer signing Bafetimbi Gomis and youngster Josh Sheehan sealed victory for the Swans, for whom Wilfried Bony made his first appearance off the bench since returning from World Cup duty.
After Gomis had headed home Neil Taylor's cross just past the half-hour mark, Bony's fine pass set up Sheehan, who slotted home with 12 minutes left.
It was a fixture in which Monk continued to look at different combinations around the pitch, and he felt it was a worthy exercise.

"Pre-season is about building fitness and working on a few different things that we've been trying," said Monk. "So now is a good time to implement that and that's what we've been doing in the games so far.
"There are improvements to be made, fitness and sharpness to come, while we are tweaking things in terms of positions and personnel which will be the case until the start of the season.
"We are trying a number of partnerships all over the pitch. We use these games to work on different things and see what works and what doesn't, so it was a good exercise for us."
Monk also praised scorer Gomis and fellow summer recruit Jefferson Montero, who made his first start following his move from Mexican club Morelia.
"It's always nice when a striker - particularly a new player - gets a goal in pre-season as they will try and take that into the season, so I'm pleased for Bafe," added the Swans boss.
"Jefferson also showed glimpses of what he can bring to the table. He has settled in very well.
"We are going to be working very closely with him to try and improve him as a player along with the others."
With Ecuadorian winger Montero one of six new signings this summer, Monk also revealed he will be looking to add to the squad before the league campaign gets underway.
He added: "I hope to bring in a few more players. I'll be working closely with the chairman and the board to see what we can do."