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Standard Won't Drop Despite Team Changes

Standard Won't Drop Despite Team Changes

Swansea City Roberto Martinez doesn't expect the standards to drop on Saturday even if he does make changes for the FA Cup tie away at Portsmouth.

His side have shown superb strength in depth this season and have coped brilliantly when the likes of Leon Britton, Darren Pratley, Ferrie Bodde and Marcos Painter have all been missing.

by DELRAY
"We have such a good squad who all want to play for the Swans, I am sure Roberto is right."
With Preston to face at home on Tuesday night, Martinez is highly likely to rest a few of his key players.

Leon Britton could return to the starting line-up after missing the Reading game due to suspension. This would give us the opportunity to rest another midfielder.

Andrea Orlandi also returned last weekend to score our second goal against the Royals after coming on as a late substitute. He could also start to add to Martinez's first team changes.

Other players available who didn't start on Saturday include striker Gorka Pintado, midfielder Owain Tudur-Jones and defender Fede Bessone.

Martinez shared his views ahead of the cup tie and told the Evening Post:

'My concern is that we take the right approach, have the right mentality and are able to be ourselves at Portsmouth.

'How many changes we make depends on how the boys feel in the next few days.

'We will have to assess them because Portsmouth is the first of three games in a week.

'We play Preston next Tuesday, but I wouldn't say that game is more important to me because they are completely different.

'We have a very demanding run of fixtures coming up but the priority for me is every single one of them.

'I am looking to be competitive and challenging in every game we have in January and February and the good news is that I believe everyone is ready for that.

'We used 21 players in the three games last week and almost every one of them is raring to go.

'That means that whoever plays against Portsmouth, I don't expect our standards to drop.

'To be able to match our players against Portsmouth is a privilege,'

'It's something to be excited about and proud about, but we have to remember that they are the cup holders.

'They have played in Europe this season and they have some world-class players.

'They are miles and miles ahead of us.

'You never know what can happen when you have the label of underdogs, but I just want us to be ourselves.

'If we do that, there will be plenty of positives to take from the game.

'They know that playing a Championship team at home, they can probably change two or three players to give them a break before the next Premier League game.

'But you realise that doesn't matter when you look at the quality of their squad.

'John Utaka came off the bench against Spurs, for example, and he is a special, special talent.'


Swansea City will be boosted by an excellent jack following of just over 3,000 who will roar the Swans on at Fratton Park. The ticket allocation sold out in just 2 days.

What would your line-up be for Saturday's game? Should Martinez make changes or stick with the same side?

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Writer:VitalSwansea
Date:Tuesday January 20 2009
Time: 12:31PM

Comments

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hope he takes it seriuosly, we need a run and the money that comes with it
cyjax
20/01/2009 14:28:00
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I think he will and I'm confident even with the changes he'll make we'll be strong enough to compete.
KevinE
20/01/2009 14:39:00
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as mentioned in the article we can bring in the likes of orlandi, pintado and britton and still look like a good side, and can rest a few other players for tuesday.
GThomas
20/01/2009 18:14:00
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