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Monk: Reaction In Training Has Been Good

Monk: Reaction In Training Has Been Good

Swansea City head coach Garry Monk says the reaction from his players in training this week has been good following the defeat against West Brom.

Monk has spoken about the need to fight for points and that it's times like this when you see 'who is a boy and who is a man'.

While he also speaks about how the players can learn from such a defeat as that at home against West Brom, they've had plenty of opportunities to learn from disappointing results this season.

The performance against West Brom was similar to the home game before it against Crystal Palace. Plenty of possession in the first half but struggled to cope when the opposition changed their tactics in the second half.

It was roles reversed last Saturday. West Brom struggled defensively against the Swans in the first half, but after the break it was the hosts who looked vulnerable and struggled to create many chances to build on their slim lead.

Monk said:

'The first thing I said to them was 'you`re now going to learn exactly what it`s like to fight`.

'You could see West Brom`s attitude in the second half, they upped spirit and intensity and at that point we couldn`t match it.

'The positive was that we saw a team fighting for their lives, some players will not have experienced it before - but it`s times like this you see who`s a boy and who`s a man,' he said.

'The reaction in training this week has been good, all the players have been pushing each other. But the ultimate point is you`ve got to turn those performances into results. If I`m not happy I`ll tell them but they weren`t happy themselves.'

Monk added that he is confident his side will get enough points to avoid relegation this season:

'The good thing for us it`s in our own hands, we`re not chasing to make up points. But we need to get those points as quickly as possible to make us safe.

'I`m totally confident we`ll earn enough points to be OK, we`re talking about two 45-minute periods where we haven`t performed like we should have. The attitude has been spot on.'

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Date:Thursday March 20 2014
Time: 11:14PM

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