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…

 

2. The players love and respect him, particularly captain Ashley Williams…

 

3. He has a connection with the club and the fans, which is incredibly rare with managers these days…

 

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