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Swansea vs. Walsall

Liberty Stadium

12/3/06

3pm

Swansea vs Walsall

Swansea return to league action this weekend as they play hosts to Walsall on a Sunday afternoon at the Liberty Stadium.

Yet another must win game against the struggling Saddlers who are fighting against the drop to League Two.

A win could see us go second while a defeat will mean Oldham will be closing in on us from outside the play-off places.

We'll be hoping for the same against the Saddlers, as earlier in the season we beat them 5-2, and that was without Trundle.

Vital Quotes:

Kenny Jackett:

''No disrespect to Walsall but we have to be more concerned with ourselves, We have drawn too many games and that has been a frustration.It is still very tight at the top as it has been all season.''

New Signing, Keith Lowe:

"Now they have cleared up I couldn't wait to get here.

''I'm really looking forward to playing some first-team football and in front of crowds that are much bigger than reserve football.''

Swansea Team News:

Kenny Jackett has eased the defensive problems within his squad slightly with the loan signing of Wolves' centre back Keith Lowe. He signed on the dotted line at 1pm on Friday and is expected to line-up alongside Monk in defence.

Tom Williams and Rory Fallon are available again after being cup tied in midweek while O'Leary is still serving his suspension.

Ricketts is likely to miss out with a stomach bug which could mean Tate returning to right back, Forbes is also an option there if Jackett wants Tate in midfield. He produced a man of the match performance in midweek.

Jackett is likely to rest Lee Trundle as he's rated 50-50 so Leon Knight will be given a first team chance.

Fallon and Akinfenwa will compete for a place alongside the former Brighton striker.

The usual casualties are out including Tudur-Jones, Izzy, Austin and Watt.

Player to watch: -

Walsall Team News:

Walsall manager Kevan Broadhurst has selection problems himself as defenderian Roper is out suspended but he hopes to have skipper Chris Westwood back to replace him.

Man Utd loanee Mads Timm is back after a back injury and Paul Devlin is also back following suspension.

Daniel Fox though looks set to miss out again as he is still recovering from a calf injury.

Walsall have been searching for extra attacking options for Sunday's game in the loan market but they've had no luck in bring in a frontman.

Player to watch: -

Match Facts & Stats

Walsall are currently sitting in 21st place, so they'll be battling for everything to try and stay in League One.

We've played Walsall twice this season, once in the league and once in the LDV Vans Trophy.

We were 5-2 winners in the league while in the LDV game it took a penalty shootout to go through after the game ended 2-2 at the end of extra time.

Walsall haven't scored in the last 3 games which included 2 goalless draws against two sides fighting for promotion, Southend and Colchester respectively.

Brentford thrashed them 5-0 at home a month ago and they haven't won a game this year, their last was on New Years Eve, they beat Blackpool at home 2-0.

They've won 2, drawn 6 and lost 10 away, scoring 16 and conceding 31 goals.

Swansea will need to improve their form if they want to play Championship football next season. 4 draws in the last 4 obviously isn't good enough and need to get back to winning ways - starting from Sunday.

Match Prediction:

Anything less than a win and it's the playoffs at best for us. We can't keep drawing games and we should really beat Walsall comfortably. SWANS WIN 2-0.

Next Fixtures:

Tues 14 March
Colchester (a) LDV

Fri 17 March
Brentford (h)




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Writer: KevinE Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday March 10 2006

Time: 8:17PM

Your Comments

We really need to win this another draw and we can say goodbye to championship
mattyjones
Welcome to the site mattyjones, please visit our forum as well to chat with other fans about the Swans. We must beat teams in the bottom 4 if we want to go up, we've drawn our last 4 and we can't afford to keep that run going. Must win game this is. [Edited by Kev]
KevinE
just seen on scfc.co.uk rumours that 11,000 tickets sold so far for game on Sunday against Walsall, but whatever the attendence walsall will be up for beating us after we knocked them out of the LDV vans over pens.
mattyjones
and the fact matt that they are battling to stay up as well! With Brentford and Southend still to play at home, we must beat Walsall and other teams in the bottom half.
KevinE
This is a must win games with the other top sides playing each other again .
JACK_THE_LAD
To still stand any chance of automatic promotion 3 points is a must from this one. Given Walsall's recent form i expect nothing less than the win.
Jack69
we must beat sides like walsall who are struggling . If we want to have a realistic chance of automatic promotion
sbrjack
good luck jacks for on sunday we need to win
mattyjones
we cant afford to draw this one, for our play offs hopes as muuch as tryign to get what seems an unlikely 2rd palce oldham are catchign upquickly!
Lloydgriffiths
we need 2 win !! c'mon cityy if we promoted we can show cardiff scum what SWANSEA is all about :D .. bayo and knight or trundle n knight up front ..not FALLON :D c'mon cityy we can do it !! swansea til i die !
swanzea_gal
WE NEED TO WIN THIS COME ON THE JACKS
puppy
 

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