Swansea boss lays down marker

Albion used their tactics to great effect on Sunday, when Chris Brunt and Brown Ideye scored in their 2-2 draw at Burnley.

Both goals came from corners when Burnley defenders were blocked off by Albion players.

The tactic has been used successfully by West Brom boss Tony Pulis over the years at Stoke and Crystal Palace, but Monk has no problem with the set-plays.

“It is a concern if the referee doesn’t see it but Tony doesn’t hide how he sets them up,” Monk said.

“People might not agree with that way of playing but Tony’s very effective and makes no bones about it.

“They’ll be organised, very tough and rugged but he’s got good players in that squad and they will be able to play as well.

“You think about the history of West Brom recently and the football they’ve played, but Tony’s put the other side into them and they’ll be able to mix it up.

“It’s for us to go and combat all that, if it’s the blocks on corners or other things.”

Monk believes Swansea are better prepared for a physical examination after addressing certain issues since taking the job.

The former Swans central defender has just celebrated a year in charge, in which he has collected an impressive 52 points from 38 games.

“I’ve probably brought a bit more steel but in a different way to West Brom,” Monk said.

“I’ve tried to change the mentality, not that it was a weak mentality but just a responsibility that everyone needs to have as a team.

“It’s not just about defenders defending and a keeper making saves, it’s about how you defend as a team – and it was important I put that in place because I felt it was something that was missing in the past.

“Now I am trying to work on the offensive side and focus more on what we do going forward.”