Date:Monday February 21 2011
Doncaster Rovers manager Sean O'Driscoll said that he hopes Swansea City win promotion this season after he watched them beat his side 3-0 at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday.
O'Driscoll, who was linked to the manager's job at Swansea before Rodgers took over in July 2010, was very complimentary of the Swans after their convincing win. Both managers have mutual respect for each in that they both try to get their teams to play an attractive, passing style of football.
Fortunately for us, Doncaster were unable to show their true qualities at the weekend as they had 13 players unavailable, and they couldn't even name a full substitutes bench - having only 16 senior players available for selection.
During the post-match press conference, O'Driscoll complimented Swansea throughout his questioning, but said there isn't much more he can do with such an injury-struck side.
'Touch wood Swansea will go one better this year than they did last,'
'If I can do anything to help them I will, but I think Brendan Rodgers is a good mix with what Swansea had already before he came in.
'They have got Leon Britton back which was a good move — I was surprised he ever left — and the word on the grapevine is that Jason Scotland might come back for the run-in.
'He has never done better than what he did at Swansea, when he was a goalscoring machine. That will be another good move if they can do it.'
O'Driscoll spoke about Swansea's performance and said:
'They are terrific,'
'Their movement is great and everybody takes responsibility.
'The crowd are behind them, too. If you play like that in a lot of stadiums around the country, the fans will be moaning about one sideways pass.
'But the Swansea crowd accept it and I want them to do well because of the way they play.
'I was probably as sick as Paulo Sousa last season when we got a draw and they missed out on the play-offs — but I'm sure Brendan will be happier than Paulo was.'
|"Swansea City have now won more games than anyone else in the Championship. We are joint second and in the hunt for the Premiership but once again our crowds are deserting us when the club needs them the most. We have a tough game at Coventry tomorrw and should we get a result there it will set up the game against Leeds on Saturday."|
Date:Monday February 21 2011
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