Date:Monday November 24 2008
25th November 2008
Swansea City will be looking to recover from Friday night's home defeat to Birmingham when they face Chris Coleman's Coventry City side on Tuesday night.
It'll be the first time the two sides have met in 25 years, the last time they did, it ended in a 0-0 draw in the old First Division in 1985.
Coleman, a former Swan, started his managerial career with Fulham, before travelling abroad to take over Spanish side Real Sociedad. Following his own recognition from that role, he returned to the English League and has managed Coventry since February this year.
He hasn't experienced the best of wins-to-games ratios to say the least, winning just 27% of his matches so far, and tomorrow night will be another opportunity to kick start their season.
The Sky Blues are on the back of a 1-0 win against Sheffield Wednesday, another 3 points could see them rise to mid-table from 15th, while another defeat for the Swans could see us in a similar position from 9th.
Chris Coleman praises Martinez:
"Swansea are doing very, very well. For me, they have the brightest young manager outside the Premier League
"I really like the way Roberto has got his side playing football. He has got that foreign edge.
"The way they pass it and the formation they play, he is doing things the right way and under him things are looking very good for Swansea.
"Ask anyone who has faced them this season and they will vouch for what a good side they are.
"There is no pressure on Swansea to do anything this season other than to stay in the league, so sometimes you can play with a bit more of a swagger, a bit more confidence in that situation.
"A lot of sides have the pressure of getting into the play-offs or getting promoted, but that is not there for Swansea.
"But they have come up with a bit of momentum and enjoyed a good start. Why shouldn`t they reach the play-offs?
"There is always a surprise in this division.
"But they would need to be careful if they do that and don`t go up because next year the expectancy would be very different.
"I only played against Swansea twice, and, as a manager, I took Fulham down to the Liberty Stadium for Alan Curtis` testimonial,"
"It is a great stadium and it is always lovely to go back home.
"I loved playing at the Vetch, though, call me sentimental if you like. The place was falling down when I played there, but the atmosphere was fantastic.
"Swansea are the team I supported as a boy. I am Swansea born and bred and I have never supported anyone else.
"I went down there for the first time when I was six. I was standing there when John Toshack was manager and took us up through the divisions.
"So, when you have experienced that side of it and you then get the opportunity to play, it becomes extra special.
"It is every supporter`s dream to play for their club and I was lucky enough to get the chance to do that.
"I remember when I was there you could not say money was tight because there wasn`t any! Sometimes we did not have enough kit to train in.
"It was incredible...but I think times like that do tend to pull people together.
"I know it is a cliche, but they have always been the first result I look for.
"My links with Swansea will always be strong, but this is a game that we badly need to win,"
"When we play them they will just be another team for me, they will not be the team I support.
"They will be the latest team who I want to take three points from - and just another obstacle in my way."
Striker Robbie Simpson should be a available despite suffering a knock to his ankle on the weekend. He required stitches to a cut so he might be rested as a precaution.
Jay Tabb could return after injury and Aron Gunnarsson is available following a suspension.
The 29 year-old is currently the club's top scorer with 6 goals (4 League) this season.
He scored the winning goal last Saturday to give them a 1-0 win against Sheffield Wednesday.
Roberto Martinez will make at least 2 changes to Friday's line-up as Ferrie Bodde is ruled out for the season, and keeper Konstantopoulos is eligible to face his current club.
De Vries is available after a broken cheek bone and is likely to start in between the sticks.
Andrea Orlandi is still out injured, so to is Joe Allen and Marcos Painter.
After losing Ferrie Bodde on Friday, it's absolutely crucial that Leon Britton doesn't miss out either. He's our most consistent player available now and we'll struggle without the midfield pair.
Date:Monday November 24 2008
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