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Tough Game Expected At The Liberty Tomorrow

Tough Game Expected At The Liberty Tomorrow

Both Brendan Rodgers and Scunthorpe United caretaker manager Ian Baraclough are expecting a tough game tomorrow at the Liberty Stadium as Swansea City look to continue their 100% home record against the Iron.

Scunthorpe lost their manager Nigel Adkins recently as he joined Southampton but Baraclough took over this week and got off to a superb start as a caretaker manager. His side beat Sheffield United 4-0 away on Tuesday night which put them above the Swans in 10th place.

Rodgers' side didn't have it all their own way on the same night at home. We dominated the first half but Coventry City came back in the second half as they battled well to get back into the game.

Rodgers said:

'I just know it's going to be a tough game,'

'They've had a couple of good results away from home - at Reading and now Sheffield United - so if anyone thinks it's going to be another easy performance those results will show you that it won't be like that.

'But I have confidence in the players and I'm looking forward to the game.'

'We've played four games at home so far, including the game in the cup, and been very good.

'The other night [against Coventry] was an important result for us. We showed style in the performance but had to show steel, and that's very important for us as a team.

'It's also important that we can play football, but equally important that we're organised, compact and can see games through.'

Baraclough is looking for his side to go into the game attacking-minded:

'I know it will be a difficult game for us tomorrow,'

'We have already started preparing for it. But we will not be going there to sit back.

'History has told me in the four years I have been here as a coach, that if we try and do that, we will be undone.

'I want us to go and try and play in their half as much as we can.

'But we have to try and keep our shape because if we get pulled out of position, they are a team who can take advantage.'

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Date:Friday September 17 2010
Time: 3:42PM

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