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Friday 15 December 2017

Monk targets Villa victory

Swansea manager Garry Monk admits he would swap the compliments being heaped on his team for a win against Aston Villa today.

Monk's men produced a stirring first-half performance on Monday night to shake Champions League-chasing Liverpool but failed to take their chances and ended up losing 1-0 to Jordan Henderson's fortuitous winner.

Monk later revealed that Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers and skipper Steven Gerrard also showered praise on Swansea's performance.

"I spoke to Brendan after the game and he said that was the best performance against his side this season," Monk said.

"It is a fine line and I would rather play well and win games."

Monk admits a striker is top of his summer shopping list following the January sale of Wilfried Bony to Manchester City but insists there is enough quality in his squad to take the chances being created.

Bafetimbi Gomis and the on-loan Benfica man Nelson Oliveira are the only strikers currently on the books at the Liberty Stadium.

"We'll see how things go with Nelson, but Bafe is the only recognised, permanent striker we have at the club, so of course we will have to add," Monk said.

"But I'm not worried (about scoring goals) because the standard of performances has been good and we are creating chances.

"Of course, you want to take them, especially against the bigger teams in those periods when you're so dominant.

"You must have something to show for such a good display because these teams will have a period in the game when they come back.

"But we played fantastic and if we keep performing like that we will score goals and pick up more than enough points."

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