Swansea City toon in to new targets
GARRY Monk believes Swansea City are riding the crest of a wave after they followed their historic Capital One Cup triumph with a 1-0 victory over Newcastle.
Luke Moore's late winner saw the Swans move up to eighth place in the Premier League and take their points tally to 40 — the magic number which is traditionally enough to secure top-flight survival.
Swansea have managed to tick off that particular target with ten games left this season, and the next aim will be to better last term's 11th-place finish and points total of 47.
Monk gave an assured performance after being restored to the starting line-up against Newcastle, and the club captain reckons the victory demonstrated how they are enjoying a rich run of form.
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"It's the way things are going at the minute," said Monk.
"It's nice. I have played in many a game where we have played brilliantly, dominated the game and ended up losing the game.
"It makes a nice change.
"It was nice to get a goal at the end — it is always nice when it is you. Newcastle might feel a little hard done by. I think, overall, a draw would probably have been a fair result but we will take it."
This was Swansea's second win of the season over Newcastle, having triumphed 2-1 at St James' Park in November.
It was also a significant match for Moore, who came off the bench to score his first Premier League goal of the season with five minutes left.
It was Moore's first strike since heading Swansea's winner in their 1-0 victory over Manchester City last term, and Monk was delighted to see the former West Brom striker get on the scoresheet. "I am really happy for Luke.
"For him to come on and get a goal is great," he said.
"He seems to pop up with important goals and that was a really important one.
"Hopefully that gives Luke a bit more confidence to even get a few more starts.
"Who knows? At the end of the day, he can score goals in the Premier League.
"He has proved that. It was important to try to get to that 40-point mark and we have got there which is great."