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Swansea vs. Swindon

Liberty Stadium

11/4/05

7:45pm

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It's a big game for both sides tonight, as each side face important battles at opposite ends of the table.

The Swans will want to recover from a poor result away at Port Vale while Swindon will be hoping to close the gap from fellow relegation rivals Rotherham, Hartlepool and Blackpool.

A win tonight will see us go up to 4th, just 2 points from an automatic spot, while a defeat will mean there'll be battle on for a playoff place, as Oldham, Forest and Barnsley are closing in.

Vital Quotes:

Onoura, Swindon boss:

“I’ve got a lot of respect for Swansea.They’ve a good set up and good players who pose a threat.

“But it is Swansea not Real Madrid.

I look at us and what we’ve got and I’m quite happy, quite happy with the forward options we’ve got, quite happy we’ve a nice balance in midfield.

“Swansea are a big, strong physical side. They’ve match winners and players who are a threat, we know that.

“I think the mental battle is crucial. They’ve struggled a little bit of late in front of their home fans.

Kenny Jackett:

''The game against Swindon is crucial,''

'It's our game in hand and we have to win it. The opportunity is there and I still believe we are a team who can go up automatically.''

Swansea Team News:

Kenny Jackett will assess the fitness of defensive midfielder Kristian O'Leary prior to selecting his side for tonight.

He limped off during the Port Vale game so that could mean Martinez starting in the centre. Although I wouldn't bet on it.

Darren Way is out again with a leg injury.

Rory Fallon will be hoping to get picked ahead of Bayo to play against his former side.

It's anyone's guess who starts in midfield. Robinson was surprisngly dropped against Port Vale in place of a striker who played out wide on the left. If Jackett didn't want Robbo on the left, surely Tommy Williams was a better option on the left wing.

Player to watch: Rory Fallon

Now starting to find the net, lets hope he nets a few against his previous club tonight.

Swindon Team News:

Hardly surprising, Former Swan Andy Gurney is out with a suspension and Trevor Benjamin is out with a hamstring injury.

Former Swans defender Steve Jenkins is likely to face his former club tonight. The 34 year old played for us from 1991-1996.

Player to watch: Jamie Cureton

The former QPR striker has been scoring frequently lately for Swindon, netting 7 goals in 19 games. Those 7 goals have been scored in the last 13 games.

Match Facts & Stats

Swindon arrive at the Liberty Stadium tonight on the back of 2-0 home win against Chesterfield, thanks to a brace from Cureton.

At the end of February, Forest embarrassed them with a 7-1 thrashing.

Both Swansea and Swindon have won just 8 points in their last 8 games.

Swindon haven't won on their travels since December 3, beating Rotherham 1-0, their goal courtesy of Rory Fallon.

Match Prediction:

Swindon will not be easy opposition as they're battling against relegation but I think we'll edge the game, with us getting a winner during the second half, winning 2-1. If we have an off day though, it could well be a 1-1 draw.

Next Fixtures:

If like me, you are unable to attend the game tonight, check the site from 7:45pm for regular match updates in out MatchLive article.




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Writer: KevinE Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday April 11 2006

Time: 5:12PM

Your Comments

I think we will get either a 1-0 win or a 2-1 win. if fallon starts i wouldnt be surprised if he gets a hat-trick. After the performance we gave to port vale i think Swindon will give us a good game. But it is the swanz first home game since the double so we might a get top jack performance of them. COME ON CITY !!!
mattyjones
Tonight we will all find out whether or not you are the real deal or if you are going to bottle it.
guinless
c'mon cityyy :D !
swanzea_gal
 

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