Date:Thursday January 22 2009
Written by Dominic O'Shea
Forgive me for not touching on what is a very exciting clash against Portsmouth this coming weekend, it's just that something else has got me even more excited.
The Reading game, like for many Swans fans around my age, will be a day to remember above all others. A day when the Swans turned all their posession into goals, and not only that, but did it against a quality team seemingly destined for the Premiership.
In the press Martinez has been very forthright in saying that for him the season starts now. With 18 games left, Swansea have a free run at the division, and boy is he right. He may have kept his eyes firmly on the points column up until now now, but I think he'll be shifting those eyes left soon,and I think he'll see the number dwindling.
Swansea have now faced all the top 3 both home and away, and have picked up 7 out of 18 points. In all honesty, that figure could be more like 13, but in 6 games against the top 3 teams in the division, is by no means a bad return.
The Swans now have 7 league games which will take them up to the end of February, and are as follows - Preston (H), Southampton (A), QPR (A), Ipswich (H), Watford (A), Doncaster (H), Charlton (H) . With 4 home games and 3 very winnable away games, I really think Martinez will be looking at a target of around 15 points for these games, and I think it's very achievable.
What's been fantastic from a supporter's point of view this season (aside from the beautiful football and lack of relegation battle), is that each time we think a match may be a step too far for our boys, they go and prove us wrong. Prior to the Birmingham away and Reading home games, I think we all had a little bit of trepidation. However, in what has come to be the way under Martinez, Swansea have risen to each occasion.
So now for the excitement. This season is ours for the taking. Just one team has lost more games than us (grrr), and it was around this time last year Scotland hit form, just as he seems to be doing now.
I don't think we should be looking over our shoulder, rather looking at 6th spot, and maybe even a little higher. Bodde has expressed his hope today that we're in the Premiership when he returns, and I think he may have his wish granted.
Roll on the next 18 games!
Dominic O'Shea writes articles on a variety of different sports which you can read on his website here.
Date:Thursday January 22 2009
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