Monk cracks whip after United win
Swansea manager Garry Monk admits he has pushed his players hard for Burnley this week after their historic victory over Manchester United.
Monk's men completed Swansea's first-ever league double over United last weekend with a 2-1 victory at the Liberty Stadium but the rookie boss insists there has been no basking in that achievement on the training ground.
"I have been quite hard on the players this week to make sure we maintain our standards and our focus," Monk said.
"The biggest reason we did so well last week was because the whole group were so focused through the week, we pushed each other all week and you saw the outcome of that on the Saturday.
"We have to try to do the same every week and that's difficult - but that's why I have been hard on the players this week.
"I have pushed them and demanded a lot from them and that gives us a better chance of reproducing last week's performance.
"All good teams produce it consistently and that's what we have to aim for, it's about trying to back up a fantastic win with another performance."
Swansea know victory at Turf Moor on Saturday will take them to the treasured 40-point mark - the tally usually considered to guarantee another season in the Barclays Premier League.
It would also represent the quickest time that Swansea have reached 40 points in their Premier League history, beating the mark set by Michael Laudrup's side two seasons ago by one game.
"The motivation comes from within sometimes and I constantly talk about standards and what we need to try to do in every game," Monk said.
"We have the chance to get to 40 points quicker than the club have ever done before.
"Last week we had the chance to create history by doing the double over United, now we can get to 40 points. That's worth fighting for.
"Then the goal after that will be 47 points [Swansea's best in the Premier League] and it's a question of how much you are willing to sacrifice to try to achieve that.
"But I have no doubts about the players having seen their faces in training this week, and now we have to make sure we transfer that into the game."
Monk changed his customary 4-3-3 system last week to match United's midfield diamond and admits it is a formation he might use again in the future.
"We will see what we do at the weekend but it is great to have something to turn to," Monk said.
"We did it in short spells last season, but you have to understand it before you can use it.
"You have to train it before you use it but some teams will just change in games having not trained it.
"It might work but it will be more effective if the players understand it and maybe the diamond is something we can use again in the future."