Cardiff's Jones aims to hurt stunned Swansea

Cardiff striker Kenwyne Jones is planning to heap further pain on Swansea in Saturday's south Wales derby.

Kenwyne Jones

Swansea have endured a difficult week with the sacking of manager Michael Laudrup, who has signalled his intention to take legal action against the club over the move.

Veteran defender Garry Monk has taken over as head coach with Swansea having won just one of their last 10 league games and lying two points above the relegation zone.

As if the pressure on the 34-year-old were not great enough, Monk will also know a defeat to their bitter rivals will see Cardiff become the first side to do the league double in the fixture.

Cardiff have had upheavals of their own this season, most notably Malky Mackay's sacking at the end of December, but last weekend's victory over Norwich, courtesy of Jones' winner, moved them off the bottom of the table.

And the former Stoke target man hopes to compound Swansea's misery at the Liberty Stadium.

He said: "They are not necessarily vulnerable, but at times you have to be aware that they could be a wounded animal.

"They are probably in disarray but come 5:30pm tomorrow we will see what happens.

"We are trying to inflict as much pain as we can as I believe we need the points more.

"I have been part of the north-east derby and I am happy to be part of another derby, but you have to play the game not the occasion.

"Both teams have separate situations and I think with our positions we need the points more than them."

Jones, 29, looks set to come up against Chico Flores after Monk made it clear he had no issue with the Spaniard following their recent training ground row.

Flores has also been in the headlines for his theatrics after being caught by Andy Carroll's arm at West Ham last weekend.

Carroll was sent off, sparking a chain of events that led West Ham to challenge the Football Association's decision to uphold the striker's three-match suspension.

But Jones, and his manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer see no reason to be wary of Flores' behaviour come Saturday evening.

Jones said: "That is between him and Andy Carroll. I am not Andy Carroll and I will go and play my football."

Solskjaer added: "That is none of my business. The referee will do his job and we will play the game fair."

Solskjaer had been expecting to come up against Laudrup, who he admits he was looking forward to meeting for the first time, but does not believe the appointment of a new boss will necessarily see an upturn in Swansea's fortunes.

"You can never be surprised at anything. I was looking forward to seeing Michael, we have never met before," Solskjaer said.

"You cannot foresee how it goes for a team with a new manager, I will concentrate on my team and Garry will concentrate on his.

"We are burning to create history, we can do the double. We can create and repeat history.

"We can become the first side to do the double, but we won there before when Craig Bellamy scored the winner at the Liberty, so we can go create and repeat history at the same time."



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