Garry Monk urges Swansea City to banish Liverpool 'battering' with Capital One Cup win
GARRY Monk insists Swansea City's 5-0 "battering" at Liverpool will be no more than a distant memory if they claim a historic victory in Sunday's Capital One Cup final.
Michael Laudrup appeared to have one eye on the Wembley showdown against Bradford when he made seven changes to the Swans' side to face Liverpool — and the decision proved costly.
But club captain Monk, who is vying with Kyle Bartley to start alongside Ashley Williams at centre-back for the Swans at Wembley, believes the capitulation at Anfield will be immaterial if Swansea win their first ever major trophy next weekend.
"Don't get me wrong, we are not happy with the result at all. Not one bit," he said.
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"But you can't just dwell on things in football. There's always a game the following week which is the chance to put it right.
"We just got battered. It's as simple as that. It was not acceptable for the standards we have set this season.
"Everyone is disappointed in the dressing room and we didn't want that leading into the week we have got coming up.
"But it is what it is. We have to dust ourselves down, think about it for the next couple of days and put it to one side and get on with the week.
"It just happens to be a cup final week. If we go there and hopefully win the game then hopefully it will be this right."
Laudrup said he "learned a lot" about some of Swansea's fringe players after they wasted their chance to impress against Liverpool.
But Monk, who has made nine appearances in all competitions this season, will still be hopeful of claiming a starting place against Bradford.
With Chico Flores set to be ruled out with injury, Laudrup will have to choose between Monk and Bartley to partner Williams in central defence.
Monk captained Swansea to a 4-2 Championship play-off final win over Reading on their last visit to Wembley, and the 33-year-old is hopeful of making a return to the grand arena on Sunday.
"It will be the manager's decision," he said.
"You can only try your best, but (the Liverpool game) wasn't a good example of that. It goes for everyone in the team who played.
"We have to move on. The quicker we learn from the mistakes we have made then the better for everyone.
"You're only one or two wins away from a great run or a couple of losses from a disaster. I'm not looking at this as a disaster, it's just not ideal preparation going into cup final.
"We'll have a meeting to talk about it, get everything out in the open and move on."