English Premiership

Monk urges Swans forward

2015-05-01 11:41
Garry Monk (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Swansea City manager Garry Monk is looking to break a club record by beating Stoke City at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday.

The Swans are eighth in the table, and in line for a best ever Premier League finish. Although they have nothing to play for in terms of Europa League qualification or relegation survival, Monk has his own objectives that he is determined to achieve.

"There is a real possibility for us to finish eighth, the highest we have ever finished in the Premier League," he said. "For that reason alone this is such a vital game and the most important one of our season."

The Potters are three points behind their Welsh opponents, with the same goal difference going into the match. With only four games to go, including the clash with Stoke, Monk is looking for a strong finish to a good season.

"We've been in the top 10 all year and it is important that we consolidate that position because that was one of our targets at the start of the season," he said.

"But as it's unfolded we're in eighth place towards the end of the season and it's in our own hands to get that place.

"It will be difficult because you have Everton, West Ham and Stoke coming and fighting behind us.

"But we're in such a good position to get that best placing we've had since we've been in the Premier League - and that's the drive and motivation for us.

"We're in a position on Saturday to take three points away from a direct opponent and stretch that gap a little bit to make it more difficult for them.

"You have defining games at the start, middle and end of seasons and this is our defining game towards the end of the season."

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