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CITY v SWANSEA: OPPOSITION VIEW

6 November 2015

  SWANSEA CITY
 
Nickname: The Swans 
Manager: Garry Monk
2014-15: 8th
Ground: Liberty Stadium

MONK ON CITY
Garry Monk says his side can capitalise on positives shown in previous performances and turn those into results when they visit Carrow Road on Saturday (3pm). 

The Englishman is also putting aside any feelings of sentiment when coming up against former team-mate Alex Neil, having played with the Norwich boss at Barnsley.



"There are no easy games in this league, but what's important is we focus on what we are good at, have the courage to play our way and impose ourselves," Monk told the press on Thursday.

"Alex has gone on to do exceptionally well. He started his managerial career very early, and to go to Norwich and get them promoted in the way he did shows he's done an excellent job."

STAR PLAYER
Ashley Williams has shown why he was such a coveted property in previous transfer windows with sterling displays at the heart of the Swans' defence.

Captain of both his Club and national side, Williams joined Swansea from Stockport in 2008 for a then Club-record fee of £400,000 and has since gone on to make 294 league appearances for the Welsh side.



The 31-year-old has been ever-present so far this season, partnering with Argentine international Federico Fernandez at centre-back for the side currently sitting 13th in the table.

In 2015, Williams was named in the Football Manager Team of the Decade, alongside current Canary star Wes Hoolahan.

LAST TIME OUT
Swansea suffered a second half onslaught at title-challengers Arsenal last weekend, with Monk's side being downed 3-0 courtesy of goals from Olivier Giroud, Laurent Koscielny and Joel Campbell after the restart.

Arsene Wenger's men eventually eased to victory with a ruthless performance, leaving the Swans with just one victory in their last seven.



The game also marked the first time Swansea had failed to score in consecutive home matches since May 2013, with French striker Bafetimbi Gomis currently goalless in his last six Barclays Premier League appearances.

THE SQUAD
Goalkeepers: Lukasz Fabianski, Kristoffer Nordfelt, Gerhard Tremmel.

Defenders: Jordi Amat, Neil Taylor, Ashley Williams (c), Angel Rangel, Kyle Naughton, Kyle Bartley, Liam Shephard, Federico Fernandez, Raheem Hanley.

Midfielders: Sung-Yeung Ki, Leon Britton, Jonjo Shelvey, Franck Tabanou, Wayne Routledge, Jefferson Montero, Matt Grimes, Glyfi Sigurdsson, Jack Cork.

Attackers: Andre Ayew, Marvin Emnes, Eder, Bafetimbi Gomis, Modou Barrow.



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