Date:Thursday May 25 2006
Swansea City were inundated with interview requests at training today as along with national and local radio and press, BBC, Sky, HTV and Channel 5 were also present today to interview the manager and players about Saturday's Play-Off Final match against Barnsley.
John Barnes' Football Night on Channel 5 tomorrow (Friday) at 12am will feature the Swans heavily and a spokesman said:
'We've sent camera crews to both the Liberty Stadium and to Oakwell to report on the mood in both camps ahead of the big game,'' said a Channel 5 spokesman.
'Through interviews with past and present players, as well as with Kenny Jackett, the Swansea City feature will look at how things have been turned around at the club in the past year or so.
'John (Barnes), who knows Kenny well from his Watford days, will be assessing the likelihood of the Swans once again making it to the top-flight of English football. If Watford and Wigan can do it, why not the Swans?'
Sky Sports 2 begin their coverage at 2.30pm on Saturday as they will be showing the game live.
Fans should be reminded that remaining tickets will go off sale at 12pm on Friday and any tickets unsold will be sent back to the Football League for safety reasons.
Jackett was in confident mood when he was asked about the Final and said:
'It's the next challenge and we've got to be ready for it.
'We've got to be focused and ready for the challenge and not just dreaming of what might be.
'The play-offs are fantastic. They attract plenty of interest and the glory at the end of it is unbelievable. It's been a fantastic season so far and the lure of the Championship is massive.
'The fact that we've already played at the Millennium Stadium this season will help us, together with the 34,000 passionate fans we are taking with us to Cardiff. We know what it's like to celebrate there and hopefully it will be the same again on Saturday.
'It would be fantastic to make it two promotions in a row because the club has come a long way in a short space of time.
But we know we are in for a tough game. Barnsley finished above us in the League, so they have got to start as slight favourites.''
His opposite number Andy Ritchie said:
'Swansea are a very good side who have already been to the Millennium Stadium this season,''
'And you've got to be a good side to stay around the top of the table for most of the season.
'We haven't beaten them this season, but maybe Saturday will be our day. We'll go to Cardiff in a very positive frame of mind and come out as if we've been shot from a cannon.
'It's a big game for the club, the players, the fans and me as a manager.''
Earlier on this week Jackett spoke of the amount of time he's been planning his tactics for Saturday.
''You think about tactics when you go to bed at night,'' he admitted.
''You think about them all the time and, with the break between matches, I've spent a lot of time looking at Barnsley.
''Last week I watched the videos of both our games against Barnsley this season, I watched the Carlisle game and I watched the two semi-final games against Brentford. I'm trying to come up with a gameplan off the back of all that.''
Kenny is expected to name an unchanged side to face Barnsley. McLeod could make a surprise return to the bench while Trundle is most likely to be joining him.
Our match preview tomorrow will be provided by Lisa Higgins (sbrjack) and will include all the latest team news and more about the big game.
Date:Thursday May 25 2006
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