Premier League: Garry Monk wants Swansea to build on Cardiff win
Swansea head coach Garry Monk wants his side to build on Saturday's derby win over Cardiff when they travel to Stoke.
Last Updated: 12/02/14 6:56pm
Monk made a flying start after taking over the reins from Michael Laudrup when the Swans defeated their local rivals 3-0 at the Liberty Stadium.
He is now preparing his squad for another Premier League clash at the Britannia Stadium and has warned them to expect a tough contest.
Monk, whose side moved up to 10th in the table with the win, told his club's official website: "Everyone talks about Stoke's style, but I think they've tweaked it.
"They have been in this league a long time now, and we're under no illusions about how tough it is going to be.
"It isn't an easy place to go and they will want the points as much as we do. We have to build on Saturday's win and the players are focused and ready to go.
"But at the same time we can't look beyond the next game and think too far ahead."
Reflecting on the win over Cardiff, Monk added: "All I cared about was putting on a performance to be proud of.
"All the credit goes to the boys, but the fans were fantastic - that atmosphere was incredible.
"It was a tough week but I just want to carry on pushing the principles that we stand for and not let the players relax.
"The players are willing to put the hard work in and take that out onto the pitch."
Monk, 34, has been placed in charge for the "foreseeable future" but that has not stopped the likes of Everton assistant Graeme Jones, Ajax assistant Dennis Bergkamp and Feyenoord manager Ronald Koeman all being linked with taking over in the long term.
However, Monk said: "It doesn't bother me. You could be in this job for 20 years and people would still be getting linked.
"That's part of football. It happens with players, with managers and even with owners.
"You just get on with the job and for me that means focusing on Stoke City. The only way I can work right now is by focusing on the next game."