Date: 2nd August 2014 at 9:46pm
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Swansea City manager Garry Monk says a plan b and c are needed in the modern game as he tries out different systems in the pre-season friendlies.

Last night’s 3-1 defeat at AFC Bournemouth was a slight disappointment, but it was a side full of youth players, with the vast majority of senior players rested for today’s test at Reading.

Both the Championship sides begin the new season next Saturday so they offered the toughest opposition yet in Swansea’s pre-season campaign.

Wayne Routledge netted a brace and new free signing Bafetimbi Gomis also scored his second goal of the Summer in a 3-1 win at the Madjeski Stadium, while Wilfried Bony also saw his penalty come back off the crossbar.

Monk was pleased with the performance and the win, as he continues to try out different system and partnerships across the pitch.

Sigurdsson was on the wing – rather than a central attacking position in which he played in during his loan spell with the Swans a few seasons ago.

Monk said:

“It was a good workout for us,”

“Reading are an organised team so we knew it would be tough, but it was a case of getting the players minutes.

“It was the first 90 minutes for a lot of them, so that was a positive for us.

“We are trying to be an attacking side that is enjoyable to watch, but we want a nice edge to us too.

“We created a lot of chances and the fact the players got 90 minutes is very pleasing.

“We`ve tried a number of different partnerships all around the pitch. It`s about working out what works and what doesn`t.

“You must have different options. The game has moved on and you can`t be set in stone on formations – you need a plan b and c. You must be flexible and everyone must understand what they are doing.”


Monk is still also looking for another 2 or 3 signings to add extra strength in depth to the squad:

“We wanted quality and competition for places and they bring that to the squad,”

“They are good people too, which helps them fit in to a group which is very much together, which I promote.

“The more players of that quality we can bring in to the group the better.

“I`d like to bring in two or three more in to give us more strength in depth and competition for places.

“We`ve been linked with a number of players, but I`ll keep our targets to myself.”