It doesn’t get much better than a 3-0 home victory over your bitter rivals but, after the week Swansea have suffered, beating Cardiff will have felt all the more sweeter.
After a fairly dull opening 45-minutes, Garry Monk’s decision to bring Pablo Hernandez on for Marvin Emnes proved to be a masterstroke as the midfielder set up Wayne Routledge for the opener within just 90 seconds of the re-start and was then involved the Swans’ two other goals.
And it was one way traffic from then on as Nathan Dyer and Wilfried Bony rounded off the victory for the Swans as they leaped up to tenth in the Premier League four points clear of the relegation zone.
The result might well hand Garry Monk the full-time job as Swansea manager but, more importantly, keep them in the top-flight come the end of the campaign. Here’s three reasons why Monk might just be the man to take Swansea forward…
1. His substitutions were game changing, especially Hernandez’s introduction at half-time…
Garry Monk’s not bad at this management business. His first substitution pays off within two minutes, Pablo teeing up Routledge.
— Rory Smith (@RorySmithTimes) February 8, 2014
What a performance! Absolutely world class! So proud! Garry monk made some brilliant decisions. I was very impressed with with emnes!
— Jordan Rogers (@JordanR26) February 8, 2014
2. The players love and respect him, particularly captain Ashley Williams…
Ashley Williams celebration with Garry Monk speaks volumes. Swans fans have called for passion and the captain is certainly leading with it.
— Inside SCFC (@InsideSCFC) February 8, 2014
— Siân David (@sianldavid) February 8, 2014
3. He has a connection with the club and the fans, which is incredibly rare with managers these days…
Garry Monk will go down in history for this. Hero on the pitch, and now a hero off it. What a man.
— Jack Hall (@apuffoflogic27) February 8, 2014
#Swans fans chanting: ‘Super Garry Monk’ (in between Cardiff insults)
— Gareth Vincent (@Gareth_Vincent) February 8, 2014
Swansea coach Garry Monk: “I’d do anything for this club – academy, first team or whatever. There’s no prouder man than me tonight.”
— Deji Faremi (@deejayfaremi) February 8, 2014