Garry Monk: Cardiff City chants will give Swansea City motivation in the South Wales derby
GARRY Monk insists Swansea City will use Cardiff City taunts as motivation when the clubs clash in the first ever top-flight South Wales derbies next season.
As Cardiff celebrated clinching the Championship title last weekend, club captain Mark Hudson and other Bluebirds players were filmed directing offensive chants at their local rivals while on an open-top bus parade.
Monk has seen footage of what went on — and says Malky Mackay's players have given Swansea an extra incentive to win when they meet their neighbours next term. "We all know about the history between the clubs and I saw a little bit on YouTube this week that made me laugh a little bit," said the Swansea skipper.
"Fair play to them they're celebrating, they've obviously had a few beers and got above themselves, but that's the way it goes.
"At the end of the day, let them do what they've got to do and we'll concentrate on us. Come game-time we'll see what happens. As club captain, I'd never have done that. I might have thought it, but not said it.
"If anything we'll try to use it as motivation." Swansea played Cardiff for the first time in eight years shortly after gaining promotion to the Championship when they met in the league cup at the Liberty in 2008.
Roberto Martinez's players revealed afterwards that comments made by their opponents in the lead-up to that match helped inspire them to victory. "I remember when we played them for the first time in a long time, when we beat them 1-0 in the cup, and they were predicting scores and stuff in the papers," said Monk.
"Roger Johnson at the time and (Jay) Bothroyd, they were all predicting scores. You just set yourself up when you do that.
"All credit to Cardiff, they deserve to come up and anyone that wins the Championship — fair-dos to them.
"I'm looking forward to it next season. I'm a Swansea fan now as well, I've been here nine or ten years and I guess there'll always be that rivalry with Cardiff. It's with the boys that have been there a while and spreads to the boys that are new to the club.
"Nearer the time they'll sense the build-up to those games. It's like a cup final when we play them and what a great occasion it will be when it happens in the Premier League."
The return of the South Wales derby is just one game to look forward to in a new campaign that will also see Swansea compete in Europe for the first time in more than 20 years.
But before that, they are chasing a top-ten finish and are looking to better last season's final points tally of 47.
Victory at Wigan on Tuesday moved Michael Laudrup's side one short of that total. They remain ninth in the Premier League.
"We're going for a top-ten finish with the League Cup in the bag, what a season that is," said Monk.
"It was beyond our wildest dreams at the start of the season, but we've progressed again and hopefully we will keep on progressing.
"We've done well, but it's still relatively early days for us in the Premier League.
"I think the boys have got the belief that we can do well in this league, now the next step is Europe. I think the boys will be mindful of that.
"It's going to be a great adventure in Europe. Swansea in Europe has got a nice ring to it."
The midweek triumph at the DW Stadium ended Swansea's seven-game winless run and left Wigan teetering on the brink of relegation.
"It was a good result for us at Wigan, it was important that we won because we want to cement ourselves in the top ten," added Monk.
"I feel not just for Roberto, but Graeme Jones, Richie Evans and Jordi Gomez, people like that.
"You never want to see friends in football battling like that, but I can only be concerned about Swansea and that's what it was about on Tuesday night.
"Manchester United are going to want to finish their last home game when they're parading the trophy in style so we're going to be right up against it, but we've got nothing to lose, the pressure is all on them.
"We're going to Old Trafford where no-one expects us to win and, if we can have the right intensity from the start, let's see where it can take us."