Date:Monday September 29 2008
Roberto Martinez will be looking for his side to respond to Saturday`s 4-0 defeat at Reading with a winning performance against Preston North End at Deepdale.
Steve Coppell`s side brushed us aside as they comprehensively beat us to jump up to 3rd in the League table, as the Swans were given a reality check as we begin to realise what this League is all about in terms of quality and what`s required to be a success.
The fans have been calling out for Martinez to make a change to his 4-5-1 formation, with many criticising its lack of attacking capabilities. He opted with a 4-4-2 line-up, as Scotland and Pintado partnered each other up front for the first time this season, but the decision back-fired as we saw ourselves go 3-0 down within the first half-hour.
'It was a disappointing result against Reading but after results like that you can learn a lot and we will take a lot of positives from it,'
'We need to react to the disappointment of Saturday and get that feeling out of our system.
'The players were hurt, but we want to keep growing and adapting in this league and now we are looking for an improvement at Preston on Tuesday.
'It will be a great challenge and the players are hungry to get out there.
'I'm looking forward to a good atmosphere but we will have to keep up with the intensity and momentum.'
His Views on the opposition:
'I'm not surprised by the way that they have started.
'They are an experienced side and will be looking for a result following two defeats in their last two games.
'Their home form in evening matches is excellent and I'm sure that they'll look at that stat and will be looking forward to the game.
'I'm expecting an open game between two sides that will go out there and will be looking to win.'
Preston have experienced a defensive crisis recently with the absences of Callum Davidson (suspension) and Michael Hart but they have been eased with the recent loan signing of Derby defender Jay McEveley, who could make his debut on Tuesday night. Richard Chaplow could also be out with a hamstring injury.
Mellor is the club`s current top scorer with 5 goals, 3 of which have been scored in the last 4 games.
He joined Preston in 2006 but struggled to make an impact at the club after an on-going injury problem.
The following season he scored 9 goals in 12 starts. Previous clubs include Wigan and Liverpool.
Roberto Martinez will have to decide whether or not to return to his 4-5-1 formation after 4-4-2 obviously didn`t work on the road at Reading on Saturday.
He is also waiting on the fitness of Marcos Painter, Darren Pratley and Shaun MacDonald.
Changes could be made following Saturday`s heavy defeat as Martinez admits some players may need a rest. He said: 'We'll have to assess a few legs,' he added.
'It's clear that a few players need to freshen up and we have the squad to do that.
As ever, Little Leon is Mr Consistent in the centre of midfield. Excellent effort, determination and ability and wins the ball on many occasions despite his size, Ferrie Bodde is also performing well alongside him and is our top scorer with 3 goals.
Preston`s Home Form: L,W,W,W
Swansea`s away form: L,L,W,L
Both teams have struggling recently, Preston haven`t won in 2 games and Swansea haven`t won in 5, their last victory was 6 weeks ago away at Plymouth.
Swansea City edge the head to head battles overall, winning 19 to Preston`s 18. In the League the wins are tied with 17 each. Our last match against Preston was in the FA Cup in 2004 as we caused a big upset winning 2-1. We last met in the League 15 years ago, we won 2-0 at home.
Martinez's side should be eager to get back to winning ways again and to show a huge improvement from Saturday. It's a tough place to visit though at Preston, and a draw would be a good result.
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Date:Monday September 29 2008
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