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Monk happy to have survived 'scare' in relegation scrap

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Garry Monk's Swansea are safe from relegation Credit: PA

Swansea City manager Garry Monk has accepted that his side have suffered a "scare" in the Premier League this season.

The Swans go into their final home game of the campaign against Southampton today, knowing they are safe from relegation worries.

But they only left the danger zone behind them after posting successive victories against Newcastle and Aston Villa last month.

"It is a season we have learnt loads from," said Monk.

"You need to go through tough times to improve as players and as a club, to have that scare that we have had over recent months.

"It is important that we learn from it. A lot of the players had never experienced relegation troubles and the pressure that comes with it. It is a totally different pressure to playing where we have been in recent years.

"That will stand them and the club in really good stead. I think the club has had a scare this season, there is no two ways about it. It is something we've not had for 10 years.

"We realise there are still two games to go, that there is a job to do, and we want to break that 40-point barrier.

"For the standards that we've set, we want better. The way we have progressed over the last 10 years, the expectation level is much higher than what we are right now.

"If we can break that 40-point barrier now - the so-called special total - that's the aim."

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Monk future at Swansea to be decided by end of season

Swansea City head coach Garry Monk says his future at the club will be decided before the end of the season.

Monk was put in charge 'for the foreseeable future' in February, after Michael Laudrup was sacked.

The former club captain has guided Swansea to Premier League safety following back-to-back wins and has admitted he has met with chairman Huw Jenkins this week to discuss taking charge on a full time basis.

Swansea boss Monk hails Shelvey after 'wonder goal'

Swansea City head coach Garry Monk has heaped praise on Jonjo Shelvey, after the 21-year-old midfield scored a candidate for goal of the season - and teed up two more goals in a 4-1 victory over Aston Villa yesterday.

The result at the Liberty Stadium moved Swansea up to 12th in the table, eight points clear of the relegation, and all-but-guaranteed of Premier League survival.

Aston Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan could do nothing to prevent Shelvey's long-range strike. Credit: PA

Shelvey scored Swansea's second goal, with a 45-yard-volley midway through the first half, and Monk revealed he wasn't shy about it when he got back to the changing room.

"He came in shouting 'goal of the season' - typical Jonjo. It was a fantastic finish and the thing that pleased me most about it was that it was an important goal at an important time of the match, those are the things that can change games for you and it did."

His club boss also suggested Shelvey could one day be considered as an England international player.

"People have been talking about his potential for years but you forget he's only 21," Monk said. "If it's not now, it should be later if he carries on progressing as he should be."

Shelvey 'wonder goal' leads Swansea to win over Villa

Swansea's Jonjo Shelvey battles for the ball with Villa's Marc Albrighton Credit: PA

A wonder goal from Jonjo Shelvey fired Swansea on their way to a comfortable win over Aston Villa that all but secures their Premier League for next season.

The midfielder lobbed Brad Guzan with a stunning 45-yard volley that sent the Liberty Stadium crowd into delirium.

Wilfried Bony had opened the scoring before Gabriel Agbonlahor levelled for the visitors.

But, Swansea dominated the second half and were rewarded with Shelvey's strike before Pablo Hernandez made it 3-1, and Bony added to his tally with an injury-time penalty.

If Norwich fail to beat Manchester United this evening, Swansea are safe, barring miracles from Cardiff or Sunderland tomorrow.

Villa are now without a win in six matches, and only four points above relegation.

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Swansea City prepare for Villa clash

Wilfred Bony celebrates his second goal, scored from a penalty, with Marvin Emnes and Jonathan de Guzman Credit: PA

Swansea City take on Aston Villa in the Barclays Premier League this afternoon.

A win would give them back-to-back league victories for the first time in 58 games, something they last achieved in late 2012.

Spanish striker Michu will be absent from the squad with an ankle injury.

The Swans are currently six points above the relegation zone after beating Newcastle away last weekend.

Kick off is at 3pm at Swansea's Liberty Stadium.

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