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Monk targets strong finish

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09:00 17th March 2013

. . . skipper confident Swans can bounce back after international break


Garry Monk is confident the Swans will finish the season with a flourish when they return from the international break.
Michael Laudrup’s side went down 2-0 to Arsenal at the Liberty on Saturday as the Barclays Premier League takes a weekend off due to the World Cup qualifiers.
It was a second consecutive loss for the Swans, who had been beaten 2-1 at West Brom the previous week.
They remain in ninth spot with eight games to go ahead of their next fixture – a home clash with Spurs.
And Monk feels the Swans will bounce back after their recent setbacks when they return following the break.
“I think since the Bradford game everyone has seen the effort is there,” said the skipper.
“We are still doing what we did before – making blocks, picking the runners up, putting our bodies on the line.
“Maybe our quality of football wasn’t as good as normal against Arsenal, but I’m confident we will finish the season strongly and fight for a top-ten finish.
“It’s not great going into the international break on the back of two defeats, but we will work hard during that time and make sure we are well prepared for the next game against Spurs.”
Of the defeat to Arsenal, Monk added: “I don’t think either team did enough to win the game. We weren’t at our best, and neither were they.
“Their first goal was quite hard to take because we thought we had it under control and then he (Nacho Monreal) scuffed it through a few bodies. If he had struck it properly we would have blocked it.
“The game itself was a bit low-key and it looked like it was heading for a draw until that moment.”

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