Monk eyes record points haul

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Published: Saturday 28th February 2015 by The News Editor

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Swansea boss Garry Monk hailed his side’s march to the magical 40-point barrier after their gruelling 1-0 win over Burnley at Turf Moor.

Kieran Trippier’s chaotic 54th-minute own goal proved enough for Monk’s men to hit the mark with 11 games to spare – and now he has his side’s previous Premier League best of 47 in his sights.

Monk said: “Forty points is the first point of call for any club in this league outside the biggest ones and it was the target for us to reach.

“Forty-seven is the best we have ever got in the Premier League so that is the next aim for us and we want to use our motivation to achieve that.

“It is important for the club that we show progression each year. It is my job to make sure the club continues to achieve that and keeps pushing on.”

Monk said he was particularly pleased with the manner of his side’s victory, which came in rather different circumstances to the heady scenes of his side’s dramatic win over Manchester United last week.

“It was never going to be easy, but we came prepared for this kind of game and the pitch made it difficult for both teams to play good football,” he said.

“But I talk about being adaptable and you have to be able to play good football and to do the basics and scrap out a win and I think we were able to show that today.”

Burnley boss Sean Dyche suggested his side’s high-profile week could have been a factor in a “flat-footed” performance as the Clarets remained rooted in the relegation dogfight.

Despite generally having the better of the play and chances for the likes of Ashley Barnes, George Boyd and substitute Sam Vokes, Dyche’s men never truly convinced in their battle to break the deadlock.

Barnes had been given a rousing reception by the home fans after a week in which his challenge on Chelsea’s Nemanja Matic made headline news.

Dyche said: “I don’t think there was anything between the two sides. Both teams played to win, but there was a little bit of flatness to both side and maybe that was down to the furore all week.

“Generally the margins are tight and we let in a real soft one again and of course we have got to make sure we eradicate that.

“I thought it was going to pan out as an indifferent 0-0 because no team could find that defining moment and there was no real zip about the game today.”

Dyche shrugged off two failed penalty appeals for his side and preferred to stress the positives, insisting they remain very much in the running to survive.

Dyche added: “You can’t guarantee anything in the Premier League and when you look back at the start of the season a lot was made of us not winning any of our first 10 games.

“If you win games the table looks after itself. There is a lot of football still to go and considering where we were after game 10 I think we are making a good fist of it.”

Published: Saturday 28th February 2015 by The News Editor

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