Crystal Palace's Neil Warnock praises Swansea boss Garry Monk

Swansea manager Garry Monk
Garry Monk began his playing career as a trainee with Torquay United,

Crystal Palace manager Neil Warnock has praised Gary Monk for taking Swansea City to another level this season.

The two teams meet at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday with Warnock impressed by the job Monk has done in his first full season at the helm.

Swansea are seventh in the Premier League and have claimed the notable scalps of Manchester United and Arsenal.

"Swansea are probably the best team I've seen this year," Warnock said.

"Garry's a good lad. I always liked him as a player. He's fitted in like a glove.

"I look at him and you can see he's enjoying it. He's got the respect of people like Ashley Williams, who he played with, the fans and the board.

"If anything I think he's taken them on. They're tougher. He's lifted them and they're on a higher planet."

Neil Warnock
Neil Warnock is in his second spell as Crystal Palace manager

Monk admits he has tried to add a different dimension to his team this season after he was confirmed as permanent manager in May.

"I've tried to implement a way of working when we haven't got the ball," said Monk, who replaced Michael Laudrup in February.

"It's stood us in good stead so far

"My focus will always be on our attacking play and try make us free flowing as possible but also with the reminder that everyone's clear what we need to do when we don't have the ball."

Monk says Swansea's next nine games will define their season and the focus is to reach 40 points - seen as the tally required to ensure Premier League survival.

The Swans currently have 18 points but have lost 11 points from leading positions in games, much to the annoyance of Monk.

"We could have done better and it is a source of frustration," Monk added

"But then I see those games and the situations within them were out of our hands or were against teams who were very powerful, and we did not quite have enough to hold them off."