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Monk impressed by new boys

Garry Monk hailed the impact of his summer signings after seeing them help Swansea City past Rotherham United and into the third round of the Capital One Cup.

Bafetimbi Gomis' first goal in English football put paid to Championship opponents Rotherham as Swansea built on their Premier League victories over Manchester United and Burnley.

France striker Gomis was making his first start since his summer move from Lyon, while Argentina centre-back Federico Fernandez, signed for 8million from Napoli last week, and on-loan Tottenham midfielder Tom Carroll made accomplished debuts.

"They were all very good," said Monk. "All strikers want to score and Bafe has that.

"The goal will give him confidence but he put in a very good shift.

"Federico dealt with the physical side of it as it's a while since he's played a competitive game.

"I thought he did very well with the rest of the back-four and it was good to see Kyle Bartley do very well too.

"Tom also did well, you could see the footballer in him and we saw some really good passes and movement. He'll get sharper with games."

Swansea were always in command after Gomis' clinical 22nd minute strike but could not get the second goal to finish the tie off.

"I'm delighted with the clean sheet and we controlled the whole game," said Monk.

"The second half was much better for us and we were much crisper with the ball.

"We passed it very well and we should have added to our tally.

"I knew it wasn't going to be easy as Rotherham came up last season and started the season pretty well.

"They were always going to be dogged and dig in, but I was pleased that we dealt with everything that was coming at us.

"What we learned from Burnley was we knew the aerial bombardment was knew was coming.

"The best way to control that is by us keeping the ball and we managed to do that in the second half when the long balls that were coming in were spread out."