Date:Friday April 1 2011
Swansea City head back to Preston North End tomorrow hoping to repeat the success of the 1981 team that secured Top flight promotion at Deepdale under John Toshack.
A 3-1 victory at Preston thirty years ago secured their promotion to the Old Division 1 and Brendan Rodgers' team will be inspired by that as they look to pick up another vital 3 points against the Lilywhites.
Leighton James open the scoring for the Swans in 1981, cutting inside from the left wing before firing the ball into the top corner from the edge of the penalty area. Toshack's side doubled their lead before Preston looked to fight back in the second half. There was a scare when they got a goal back, but on the break the Swans guaranteed the win and promotion with a third goal.
Swansea City have all of their key players available for the game, and after a two week international break, Rodgers believes the players are in top condition for the final 8 games.
Garry Monk is expected to return to the starting line-up to captain the side, but the question is who will he replace. It's likely to be Alan Tate, as Neil Taylor deserves to keep his place as a natural left back.
Tamas Priskin should travel with the team but after only one training session with his new team-mates, he's likely to be on the bench at best.
Fabio Borini will be looking to carry on from his impressive debut - where he scored a brace in the fantastic 3-2 home win against Nottingham Forest.
Whilst unlike in 1981, the Swans can't guarantee promotion at Deepdale, but a win and three points would certainly give us a big boost as we look to get back up into the automatic promotion places.
A number of past players and pundits have backed Swansea City to secure promotion to the Premier League while others have said they'd like to see us in the top division because of the style of football we play. Now it's down to the players to deliver it, starting with a win at Preston tomorrow before hosting Norwich City the following Saturday. That game could prove to be the decider for 2nd place, as the Canaries currently stand in 2nd place, just a point ahead of us.
So can the Swans repeat the achievements of 1981? Will we get 3 points tomorrow at Preston? Have your say on the Vital Swansea forum here
Date:Friday April 1 2011
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