Writer: Andy Morgan
Date:Friday December 19 2008
20th Dec. 2008
The fixture list has been unkind to us Jacks, and instead of a summer day out at the seaside, it's a miserable mid December afternoon when we travel to face Blackpool.
On top of that the side is suffering their worst run under the tenure of Roberto Martinez with five consecutive draws directly behind them.
Despite that, the Swans still sit a healthy 11th place in the Championship table and within striking distance of the top six.
Simon Grayson's side sit firmly in mid table and drew 0-0 at Forest last time out. They have won only 2 of their last 7 games, but have loan signing Liam Dickinson in top form. The Derby hitman has scored four goals in his four games for Blackpool.
Roberto Matinez: Of course I am not delighted because we are not winning games we should have won, but I'm happy with our performances and the progress we're making.'
'We are just looking for that final tweak and that is exciting.'
'We have not peaked yet and, with half a season to go, we are much better equipped for the Championship now than we were before we went to Charlton on the opening day.'
'Every team in the country wants a positive result to set you up for a difficult Christmas period.'
'We know it will be tough against Swansea, but a home win will give us a lot of extra confidence for the Sheffield Wednesday and Wolves games.'
Captain Rob Edwards only has a 50% chance of playing, whilst injury robs the hosts of Steve McPhee. Ian Evatt is available after serving a ban, but Lee Hendrie is still suspended.
The Derby man is on loan at Bloomfield Road and is proving himself more than capable at this level, after helping Stockport County to League Two promotion last season. His partnership with Ben Burgess is sure to prove a handful.
Stephen O'Halloran added himself to the injury list last week, and so joins Fede Bessone, Marcos Painter and Ferrie Bodde on the sidelines. Alan Tate is expected to slot in at left back.
Threatening to break into a run of goalscoring form, the big man from Trinidad & Tobago will no doubt spearhead the attack tomorrow. With all the talk in the week about being more clinical, the pressure is on Scotland more than anyone to deliver.
Swansea City vs. Coventry City
Sheffield Wednesday vs. Blackpool
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Date:Friday December 19 2008
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