Date:Tuesday April 11 2006
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.
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.
''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.''
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.
Now starting to find the net, lets hope he nets a few against his previous club tonight.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Date:Tuesday April 11 2006
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