Ahead of the clash Garry Monk said he does not care that Ronald Koeman’s agent has been touting his client for the Swansea job. Koeman’s agent Guido Albers told the BBC that the former Holland defender is interested in moving to the Barclays Premier League when his contract expires with Feyenoord in the summer. Albers said Koeman was “willing” to move to the Liberty Stadium as Swansea are a “fantastic club with a lot of potential.” Monk was appointed as Swansea boss “for the foreseeable future” following the sacking of Michael Laudrup. Swansea are just four points from safety after failing to win any of their last six games, but Monk is not concerned by the comments coming from Koeman’s camp. “I don’t care – it doesn’t affect me,” the Swansea manager told a press conference. “This is the business we are in. “Players and managers will always be linked with other clubs, but I can’t worry about that. “Names will always be linked when a manager changes, and I guess this shows that everyone wants to work in the Premier League. It’s the most exciting league in the world so I don’t blame people for trying to get linked with certain jobs. Midfielder Jonjo Shelvey and defender Kyle Bartley (both hamstring) are out but goalkeeper Michel Vorm has been cleared to play after overcoming illness. The Swans will test midfielder Pablo Hernandez (hamstring). “But I just have to focus on what I am doing, and that always means the next game.” West Brom will be without several players. Steven Reid (knee), Claudio Yacob (hamstring) and captain Chris Brunt (knee) will all be absent. Diego Lugano was already sidelined with a similar problem – he faces three to four weeks out – and Billy Jones (hamstring) is not yet ready to return. Striker Nicolas Anelka begins his five-match suspension after both he and the Football Association declined to appeal against the sanction imposed over his ‘quenelle’ goal celebration against West Ham. West Brom head coach Pepe Mel is sure Albion can secure at least four victories from their remaining 10 Barclays Premier League matches this season – but for now is focused solely on Saturday’s trip to Swansea. If the relegation-threatened Baggies do register a quartet of wins between now and the end of the term, it will double the amount for their entire top-flight campaign to date. With the club having triumphed only once in their last 18 league fixtures and not at all since Mel, who they have now played under seven times, was appointed as boss in January, it appears an unlikely prospect, but the Spaniard has made it clear he has confidence in his players. That he has also stressed he is not really looking beyond what he regards as a ‘must-win’ game on Saturday is perhaps of little surprise, given reports have suggested his job is already under threat. Mel himself has admitted he does not know what will happen to him if West Brom fail to beat Swansea. And the 51-year-old said: “It is possible to win four more games – and, indeed, win more than that. “But we just have to think about the next game and winning that one. “I’m not thinking about there being 10 games, I’m just thinking about there being one game. “We must take each game as it comes and always be thinking about the next one.” Press Association Striker Michu could make his comeback from a three-month ankle injury lay-off for Swansea when they host West Brom.
“The defender clearly clips Andre,” Monk said. “Whether that’s intentional or not is debatable. “But he definitely tripped Andre up, so the referee decided that was a penalty.” Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe felt the penalty decision “didn’t look quite right”, but he said he was proud of his players’ performance. “I need to see the goals again but they are debatable,” Howe said after his stayed in the Barclays Premier League relegation zone. “Simon definitely felt it wasn’t a penalty and from my position it didn’t look quite right. “I’m very pleased with the players as right from the start I thought we were excellent. “We were in control of ourselves and deservedly got the two goals, and it’s very rare that a team comes to Swansea and dominates the ball like we did. “The only disappointing thing is that we haven’t won the game after being two goals up. “So there’s things to learn from, but in the second half we were camped in their half and looking like we were going to score.” Manager Garry Monk felt Swansea’s comeback to salvage a point against Bournemouth showed their hunger to put things right at the Liberty Stadium. But Monk said: ” Considering we were two goals down, you have to give credit to the players for the spirit they showed to come back from that, especially with the situation. “You can see clearly the spirit within them and how much they want to put it right. “Having gone two goals down added to the tension and anxiety in the crowd. That then affects the players a little bit. “I thought with the ball we lost a bit of confidence and that’s the only bit really that’s missing. “You can see the other side of it is all there, that spirit and way of defending. “We just need to bring the players back to having confidence with the ball, that brightness and sharpness, and that will only come with results.” Ayew just about stayed onside to drag Swansea back into the contest with his sixth goal for the club before he won a contentious penalty six minutes before the interval, which Shelvey slotted home. The Ghanaian appeared to trip himself when challenged by Cherries defender Simon Francis, but Monk insisted the decision to award a spot-kick was correct. Press Association Andre Ayew and Jonjo Shelvey earned Swansea a 2-2 draw after they had been two goals down, but it is now only one win in 10 games for the Welsh club and the nature of the performance left a lot to be desired. Bournemouth were the better side for long periods and should have recorded their first victory in eight games after Joshua King and Dan Gosling had given them a healthy lead inside 26 minutes.
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