Date:Sunday May 11 2014
Garry Monk insists his Swansea City side will only get better after ending the season with an impressive 3-1 away win against an in-form Sunderland team.
After being confirmed as the club's new permanent manager this week, the 35 year-old had more reasons to be cheerful after watching his side produce arguably one of the best performances since he took over as head coach in February.
It probably wasn't quite as good as the displays against Cardiff and Napoli at home and Liverpool away, it was still very impressive. Sunderland have beaten the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United in recent weeks, while Monk named a number of reserve players including young Jay Fulton, making his full debut.
Kyle Bartley also made a rare League start alongside Jordi Amat, with Taylor starting as captain against the Black Cats.
Leon Britton failed to start for only the first time under Garry Monk, with Jonjo Shelvey, Jay Fulton and Marvin Emnes starting in midfield.
Emnes, Bony, Dyer and Routledge proved to be too much for Poyes' side early on. Routledge put Dyer through with a stunning pass and Dyer lifted the ball over the keeper to give the Swans the lead within just 7 minutes.
Marvin Emnes also proved that he can make an impact as a starter and not just as an impact sub, and he also produced an impressive finish, receiving Bony's pass before turning and firing home.
It was roles reversed for the third goal, Emnes helped Bony net his 25th of the season with good play down the left. The ball fell to Bony and he waited, found space to send a shot into the net off the post.
While you might have thought that Swansea City would produce a similar low-key performance like last week's against Southampton at home - it was anything but at the Stadium of Light, and Monk was delighted to end the season on a high:
"We wanted to finish the season on a positive and secure 12th position, and we did that,"
"All in all, with the season that we`ve had - with the Europa League, the Premier League and the changing of manager - to finish five points behind our best ever Premier League total shows it has been a very good season.
"The team performance today was very good. We defended really well and, when we had our chances, we were very clinical.
"It`s always nice to see three different people score, and they were all very good finishes.
"Going forward, for me, with the season we have had, I think we will only get better next year."
Monk also gave special praise to Jay Fulton on his full debut, he added:
"I thought Jay was magnificent,"
"When I first put him in the squad a couple of weeks ago, people asked who he was. Today, they saw the player he is.
"He`s a very good footballer and, for his full debut, I thought he was absolutely brilliant.
"He`s a very humble and level-headed lad, and if he keeps working hard, then we will have a serious player on our hands."
Date:Sunday May 11 2014
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