Garry Monk needs to 'wake up' to Swansea's plight - Iwan Roberts

Garry Monk
Garry Monk's football career began at Torquay United

Garry Monk should face up to the fact that Swansea are in a Premier League relegation battle, says ex-Wales striker Iwan Roberts.

Sunday's 1-0 defeat by Liverpool left Swansea 15th in the table and four points above the relegation zone.

Afterwards Monk said: "There's never any danger of that team being in a relegation fight."

But Roberts said: "He needs to wake up, I think, because they're right in it, they really are."

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Swansea finished eighth in the table last season but they have won only three of their 14 top-flight games in this campaign, prompting speculation over Monk's future.

"Only Villa in the bottom six have got a worse record in the last 10 games than Swansea," pundit Roberts told BBC Radio Wales.

"For him to say they're not in a relegation fight - they're four points from the bottom three - they're right in amongst it."

Defender Neil Taylor is believes the Swans "turned a corner" with the manner of their performance at Anfield, even though they lost.

And goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski says their efforts at Liverpool underlined the players' desire to "get results" for manager Garry Monk.

"We have huge respect for him - we want to perform well and get results for him," said the Poland international.

"Obviously it hasn't been the best run of results, but looking at this performance you can clearly see that this team is together and wants to be successful."

Swansea host second-placed Leicester City on Saturday before a trip to leaders Manchester City on 12 December.

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