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Swansea skipper Monk warns over giving Tottenham too much respect

Captain Garry Monk is urging his Swansea colleagues to play Tottenham on the field and not on their reputation. Third-placed Spurs have lost just one of their past 16 league games and lie just seven points behind leaders Manchester City with a game in hand.

The Swans 1-0 reverse to Manchester United was an occasion when boss Brendan Rodgers felt his side had been in awe of their opponents.

Monk said: "The talk this week has been about not looking at the names on the shirts.

"We need to come out and have a go from the very start, like we did in the second half against United and I think we will do that.

"They are an attacking side and they are not going to come here and be cagey, like some teams have done. I think it is going to be an open and very exciting game to play in and hopefully we get the better of them and get the result we want.

"We will use their strength and success as motivation. It will be a great occasion, it's another top-four side coming to the Liberty Stadium.

"We have got a great home record and we want to maintain that and we will be doing all we can to make sure we get the right result."

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