Paul Merson has told SkySports he believes Swansea City and Tottenham will share the points in the Premier League on Sunday.
They were forced to settle for a point at Monaco in the Europa League on Thursday with an error from goalkeeper Hugo Lloris handing the Ligue 1 side an equaliser as the game ended 1-1. “That’s why you have competition in the squad”.
Swansea have yet to beat Spurs since winning promotion to the Premier League, taking just one point from their eight meetings since 2011.
“I don’t think rants really work, but players are not stupid and they know when they’re underperforming”.
Jefferson Montero and Eder are hoping for recalls to the starting line-up after the duo appeared as substitutes in the 3-1 reverse at Southampton last time out.
“It’s not that the players are not working or not running”.
“It is a good group and in that dressing room they are all accountable to each other; whenever we’ve had those disappointments in the past they have pulled together”. It’s just about making sure we get back to a consistent level which was our biggest strength last season. “That’s what we have to get back to”.
Monk branded the St Mary’s horror show unacceptable and he has made it clear to his players they will find themselves watching from the sidelines if there is no improvement against Spurs.
Gylfi Sigurdsson’s late penalty at Southampton saw him become only Swansea’s third scorer in the current league campaign. “But they are a distraction and we should be good enough to deal with all that and focus on Swansea City“.
Bafetimbi Gomis and Andre Ayew had contributed Swansea’s seven previous goals between them, but Monk says it is the performance of the team and not the lack of goalscorers which is focusing his thoughts right now. The two games we haven’t performed in – [defeats to] Watford and Southampton – have come in a short space of time and for me it is about us performing better and then we’ll be fine.
“The chances we’ve created have fallen to a number of players and it’s a case of being clinical and having more composure in those moments”.
“I accept responsibility for that as much as anyone”. It’s about being better as a team and improving to a higher level.
But after four games without a win – and only one goal scored – Swansea could really do with a result against Spurs this weekend.