Vital Football

Latest Swansea City News

Rodgers: Tough Calls To Make In Play-offs

Rodgers: Tough Calls To Make In Play-offs

Swansea City boss Brendan Rodgers admits there's some tough calls to make for the play-offs as he prepares his team for a trip to Nottingham Forest on Thursday.

The Swans manager says he cannot afford to be sentimental as he faces some hard decisions to make as he decides what team to name for the semi-final.

Rodgers has a team selection headache, with the need to pick two centre backs out of three, not to mention a host of quality midfielders to choose from.

'There are some tough calls for me to make, because some players have been very, very good for me and some have been brilliant.

'But one of the things I learned from my time out as a manager is that sentiment means nothing.

'You cannot be sentimental when you're making your decisions, and maybe that was something I did wrong earlier in my career.

'Because of my upbringing, and because I wanted to give people time, I maybe gave some players too much time. Part of my reflection when I was out of the game (before taking over at Swansea) was that you cannot be sentimental no matter how much people have done for you.'

Talking about his centre backs, Rodgers said:

'That's something I need to think about.

'Sometimes you can be unfortunate. Garry was fantastic at Portsmouth, but then we went to Millwall and produced one of our best performances away from home, particularly defensively.

'Sometimes when you have that balance defensively it's important to keep it. You can change other areas, but not always defence.'

And the midfield:

'I could toss a coin and play any three of them.

'We have such an array of talent in midfield — the players have been fantastic for me.

'I feel sorry for someone like Andrea Orlandi, who began the season in the team and did really well for us. Then he got injured and he couldn't get back in.

'Mark Gower has had to sit out the last wee bit of the season, and he has been fantastic.

'But that competition is what brings out the best in players.

'The beauty of this season has been me being able to turn around and see a strong substitutes' bench.'

Brendan Rodgers has the benefit of a full squad available to choose from for the first play-off match on Thursday. Ferrie Bodde remains the only player unavailable to play.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Date:Wednesday May 11 2011
Time: 7:43PM

Login to post a comment

Recent Swansea City Articles

Talking Tactics: Pass Map: Swansea City 0-0 Watford

A look at Swansea City's passmap from Saturday's 0-0 draw at home against Watford, what was our main weakness in the game?

Mawson Aiming To Make Same Impact As Ashley Williams

Swansea City defender Alfie Mawson says he's hoping to make the same impact as Ashley Williams did

Rate The Players: Swansea City 0-0 Watford

Rate the players' performances in the 0-0 draw at home against Watford

Mawson Determined To Keep His Place After Impressive Debut

After an impressive debut, Alfie Mawson is now determined to keep his first team place

Archived Vital Swansea City Articles

Vital Swansea City articles from

Site Journalists

Editor email

Current Poll (see more polls)

Vote for your man of the match vs Watford
Suggested By:
van der Hoorn9%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Man City 9 6 2 1 20 11
2 Arsenal 9 6 2 1 20 10
3 Liverpool 9 6 2 1 20 9
4 Chelsea 9 6 1 2 19 10
5 Spurs 9 5 4 0 19 9
6 Everton 9 4 3 2 15 5
7 Man Utd 9 4 2 3 14 1
8 Southampton 9 3 4 2 13 3
9 Watford 9 3 3 3 12 0
10 AFC Bournemouth 9 3 3 3 12 0
11 Crystal Palace 9 3 2 4 11 0
12 Leicester City 9 3 2 4 11 -4
13 WBA 9 2 4 3 10 0
14 Burnley 9 3 1 5 10 -5
15 West Ham 9 3 1 5 10 -7
16 Stoke 9 2 3 4 9 -7
17 Middlesbrough 9 1 4 4 7 -4
18 Hull City 9 2 1 6 7 -14
19 Swansea 9 1 2 6 5 -7
20 Sunderland 9 0 2 7 2 -10
Vital Football Comment
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Write for Vital Football

Recent Swansea City Results (view all)

Swansea City Fixtures (view all)

Oct 31 2016 8:00PM : Stoke City (a)
Barclays Premier League
Nov 6 2016 3:00PM : Manchester United (H)
Barclays Premier League
Nov 19 2016 3:00PM : Everton (a)
Barclays Premier League
Nov 26 2016 3:00PM : Crystal Palace (H)
Barclays Premier League
Dec 3 2016 3:00PM : Tottenham Hotspur (a)
Barclays Premier League
Dec 10 2016 3:00PM : Sunderland (H)
Barclays Premier League

Vital Members League Table

7.Dennis Downing21
9.Phil W10
The Vital Football Members League