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Garry Monk defends Swansea City changes after FA Cup defeat to Everton

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: February 17, 2014

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Swansea City players leave the field following their 3-1 defeat to Everton in the FA Cup.

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GARRY Monk insists Swansea City's squad players deserved their chance to shine against Everton yesterday.

Monk made eight changes to the side which picked up a Premier League draw at Stoke in midweek, but saw Swansea bow out of the FA Cup.

Swansea matched their high-flying hosts for long periods.

Jonathan de Guzman cancelled out an early Lacina Traore goal and Swansea fancied their chances at half-time.

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Two Toffees goals in the final 25 minutes dashed those hopes, but Monk defended the decision to shuffle his pack.

"When you have seven games in 21 days it's impossible to play the same 11 every week," said Swansea's head coach.

"Every player has been magnificent in training and I said they would all get their chance.

"Their attitude has been spot on and they deserve that. They have to play — I am true to my word. It's a bit to do with freshness but they deserved a chance.

"It's a squad game nowadays. Everyone seems to be amazed when teams rotate but there are so many games you have to rotate for.

"Every side I pick is to try to win the game and I think even with the changes, you wouldn't have thought that was a team where a couple of the players haven't featured until Everton got their second goal."

Wilfried Bony stayed on the bench as Monk had to factor in Thursday's Europa League clash with Napoli.

Alvaro Vazquez started up front and Leroy Lita made his first appearance in nearly two years from the bench.

"I thought Alvaro was doing well with his pressing. We were still in the game but you can't just go gung-ho because Everton are a good team," added Monk.

"I thought Lita was very good in the last 20 minutes even though we were losing. It was a shame the second goal came when it did because their crowd were starting to get a little bit frustrated.

"The truth is I have only been thinking about the next game. I put a team out I thought could win and for an hour we were right in it. I thought Leroy had trained really well and deserved his chance."

Michu is continuing to work towards a first-team return after recovering from an ankle problem.

Jonjo Shelvey and Alejandro Pozuelo should return to the practice pitch this week, when Kyle Bartley's hamstring injury will be assessed.

The centre-back was forced off after half an hour yesterday, but Swansea are hopeful the issue is not too serious.

STEPHEN WARE

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  • swanseajock  |  February 17 2014, 8:43PM

    Just musing, but I thought the Swans colours were white. Why were they playing in purple against a team in blue?

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  • toyman1  |  February 17 2014, 7:11PM

    Team selection well you meight think half of our squad was out injured with the team Garry Monk put out yesterday players he said trained well before the game but one or two of them we can not give away, and why was Bony not brought on late on in the second half if that is the way Garry Monk is going to play things well it is a wonder to me why Dwight Tiendalli was not on the team sheet another rubbish player, god knows wot the team will be for the Europa cup next Thursday night do not get me wrong i think if the supporters new of the team before hand most of them would have stayed at home you do not spend good money on watching some of the reserves play i saw enough when the swans played Birmingham and as we saw if it were not for Mr Bony we could lost that game.

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  • GorsseinonJoe  |  February 17 2014, 5:50PM

    No need to defend team selection to anyone Garry Monk, the team was balanced and played well. Apart from one glorious chance to take the lead a bad back pass and the penalty I thought we matched Everton. For me no sweat that we are out of the FA Cup, it's not the competition it once was and GM now knows that he has some players on the fringes who will not let the club down if given the opportunity.

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  • trncjack  |  February 17 2014, 5:00PM

    yes ,i thought that was the best I have seen the,, squad,, players playing , even though three mistakes by our back line cost us the game, each one put in a good performance , bartley looked good and jazz looked comfortable , I don't think I am all that bothered that we are now out of the cup,

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  • Lynbaz  |  February 17 2014, 11:44AM

    Did very well for over an hour but felt that if Monk had gone with Bony for the last 25 minutes we might actually have got something from the game. Generally a good display but it's a shame we didn't really go for it at the end. Needlessly took the gloss of a great result at Old Trafford.

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  • abercanaid  |  February 17 2014, 10:36AM

    Jazz & Bartley played well and deserve another game soon

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  • C.Lion  |  February 17 2014, 9:55AM

    I didnt think we played that bad. Kyle Bartley looked excellent, some really good strong tackles, really disappointed he got injured, he has been really unlucky with us. Unfortunately 3 errors killed us.

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  • confused67  |  February 17 2014, 9:05AM

    Well done lads, better to try and lose than not try at all,players do make errors and only game time will cut out the rustyness.

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