Swansea City making plenty of progress, says manager Garry Monk
25th July 2015
Swans boss Garry Monk believes his side are making good progress in preparation for the 2015-16 Barclays Premier League campaign.
The Swans drew 1-1 with Nottingham Forest on Saturday afternoon at the City Ground, just a day after being held to the scoreline by fellow Championship side Reading.
Andre Ayew had put the Swans ahead in the second half with his first goal for the club, before Forest struck back through Robert Tesche.
Monk gave his starting XI the full 90 minutes against Forest, and he was pleased with the way his side is progressing as the Swans continue their preparations for the opening game against defending champions Chelsea on August 8.
"It was very similar to last night - we started the game really strongly in the first half. We should have capitalised on a few dangerous situations that we created," said Monk.
"The second half was more even, but we dominated the ball which was pleasing.
"The main part of it is that we got the minutes we needed. The match fitness will do the squad the world of good.
"We played some very good stuff today, but there are things for us to improve on. Ultimately, we have to be pleased with what we've achieved over the two games.
"We've come up against Reading and Nottingham Forest, which were two tough games, and we can take a lot of positives from these matches.
"I'm pleased with the application, attitude and effort from everyone, and the game-time the players have got will really benefit them.
"Next week we will look to up the quality once again when we host Deportivo La Coruna.
"We've been away in all the games we've played so far. They've been good tests for us.
"But to be at home for the first time will be great for the players. Hopefully we'll put on a performance and take that into the Chelsea game."