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Monk: We've Got To Toughen Up Away

Monk: We've Got To Toughen Up Away

Garry Monk is urging his team-mates to 'toughen up' away from home after another defeat on our travels.

Swansea City's performance in the 3-1 defeat at Nottingham Forest was disappointing to say the least, and it extends our away losing run to 4 games.

Brendan Rodgers will be aiming for his side to get their first away win at his former club Watford on Tuesday night, and he's boosted with the returns of Scott Sinclair and Stephen Dobbie.

Garry Monk says the team need to improve their work when they're not in possession:

We have got to toughen up away from home — it's as simple as that,'

'With the ball we are fine, we all know that. We can play some good stuff and we can create chances.

'But it's the other side of the game we need to sort out now. If teams want to come and try to smash us, we need to put in one or two tackles to let them know that we are here and we mean business.

'I am not talking about being stupid or getting sent off — I am not talking about anything which is outside the laws of the game.

'But we don't just want to be a pretty team. At home we are aggressive and we are intense but, while we should have won away already this season, we didn't show the other side of the game against Forest.

'The ref was letting them get away with tackles and we need to match that. We need to put a tackle in here and there.

'I am not talking about changing our style or anything like that. We have our identity and the way we play has got us to where we are, but we have to show the other side of the game as well.'

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Date:Monday September 27 2010
Time: 8:04PM

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