Date:Saturday April 1 2006
Swansea City will be aiming to win their 2nd trophy in 5 days after the FAW Premier Cup win over Wrexham on Wednesday.
Nearly 30,000 Swans fans will make the short trip East along the M4 as the Swans face a confident Carlisle side that top League 2.
We visit the Millenium Stadium for the first time ever as we play in this competition's final for the first time in 12 years. The last time was in 1994 when we won the Autoglass Trophy, beating Huddersfield on penalties.
Carlisle, like Bristol City, play in their 4th final in this Trophy in 11 years, they've won the competition once in that period, beating Colchester 4-3 on penalties.
We shouldn't under-estimate the opposition tomorrow as we face a confident League 2 side that look likely to go up as champions and I think it'll be a much tougher game than some are expecting.
They've scored 76 goals this term but we still have quality attacking players available including Andy Robinson and Lee Trundle so Carlisle have plenty to worry about.
SWANSEA TEAM NEWS:
Jackett is unlikely to make many changes to the side that beat Wrexham in midweek. Fallon won't be starting as he's cup tied so that'll mean Akinfenwa will partner Trundle up front.
Williams is also cup tied so Ricketts will keep his place at left back. Robinson and Britton should remain on the wings but Kenny will have decisions to make in the middle with Martinez, Way, O'Leary and Tudur-Jones all hoping for a starting place in the final.
The defence will have to watch out for their top scorer, Karl Halwley who's netted 21 times in the league this season.
Swansea will be happy to hear that Michael Bridges, who has scored 13 goals this season, is cup tied.
With plenty of black and white coloured merchandise selling in the clup shop there'll be a sea of black and white around and inside the stadium.
With a great atmosphere guaranteed before and during the game, it's been a day out that the fans have been looking forward to ever since we beat Colchester over 2 legs.
No prize money will be awarded to the winners tomorrow as LDV Vans are no longer sponsoring the competition but the team who lift the trophy at 3:30 tomorrow will net a few hundred thousand from gate receipts so there's all to play for.
COME ON YOU SWANS!
Date:Saturday April 1 2006
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