Date:Tuesday November 9 2010
David Giles has admitted that he was 'totally wrong' about his prediction for Sunday's South Wales derby match, as he strongly believed Cardiff City would beat the Swans.
However, Rodgers' team were the first side to beat the Bluebirds on their own soil this season thanks to loanee Marvin Emnes' second half strike which gave us a 1-0 victory.
Before the game, Giles was confident of a Cardiff win, and said:
'Without Craig Bellamy, the game would have been a tight one to call
'But with him, I think it's close to a foregone conclusion. Cardiff will win it.
'If he plays like he did in the last derby he featured in, when he scored two brilliant goals for Manchester City against United at Old Trafford, then I can't see how Swansea can stop him.'
After seeing a confident Swansea City side deservedly beat their arch rivals who were poor on the day, Giles took back what he said and heaped praise on a mature performance from Rodgers' men.
'I will put my hands up — I was totally wrong,'
'Swansea, from one to 11, were the better team.
'Every single one of their players is happy on the ball and they can pass it — even the goalkeeper can chip the ball to the two full-backs.
'The back four were brilliant, and as for Joe Allen, he is going to be something special.
'I knew he was a good passer and that he had nice feet, but on Sunday he showed he can compete as well against a difficult opponent in Seyi Olofinjana.
'The movement and passing in the Swansea midfield was good and Cardiff couldn't cope with it.
'I thought everyone in the Swansea side was great.
'The two wide boys ran the legs off the Cardiff full-backs and I thought Marvin Emnes was outstanding playing the lone striker role against two big, strong centre-halves.'
Giles thought Craig Bellamy would be the dangerman which would cause all sorts of problems, but fullback Angel Rangel did well to limit his threat, plus he made him himself look like an average Championship player with a couple of poor misses. Particularly the one with 7 seconds remaining of injury time, he was unmarked at the far post but glanced a header wide of the target - a chance you'd think Bellamy would certainly score from.
'I thought he would be the difference but Cardiff couldn't get him the ball,'
'The two full-backs, Alan Tate and Angel Rangel, were very strong and I think Swansea have the best two centre-halves in the Championship.
'Garry Monk just gets better and better the more I look at him.
'Nothing fazes him and he is a great captain. Okay, he might lack a bit of pace, but he never gets beaten.'
Giles also believes that the Swans still need a striker as Marvin Emnes will play his last game on Wednesday night at home to Bristol City before returning to Middlesbrough.
'I just feel Swansea would be a different proposition if they had a 20-goal-a-season striker like Jason Scotland.
'Who knows, maybe they could keep hold of Emnes. I think if they could do that, they would be okay with Stephen Dobbie there as well.
'But if Emnes does go back, they will need someone else.'
'Swansea have raised the bar with the performance on Sunday.
'And if they keep everyone fit, it is hard to see any weaknesses in the team. I really, really enjoyed watching them in the derby and I think they've shown everyone they are the best team in the league — there's no doubt about that.
'I can see them competing along with Cardiff, who will also get results in the Championship.
'I'm not being disrespectful to the rest of the clubs in the division but, let's be honest, it's not the strongest league this year.
'Both clubs have a fantastic chance.'
Date:Tuesday November 9 2010
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