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Oldham vs. Swansea

Boundary Park

22/4/06

3pm

Oldham vs Swansea

After the shambles against Rotherham on Monday, we now have a huge game against the side below us in 8th as both us and Oldham are battling for a playoff place.

A win could put us up as far as 4th while a defeat will see going even further behind the top 6.

Vital Quotes:

Jackett spots the obvious:

''There will definitely be changes, because our performance needs to be a hell of a lot better than it was in either game over Easter.

''A fantastic opportunity was there for us last weekend going into the last few games of the season. It was exciting.

''To get no points from six was a horrible feeling and to play as badly as we did made it very disappointing.''

''Against Blackpool and against Rotherham we lacked energy and we lacked passion,''

''We lacked the ability to get beyond people, to stretch teams, and if we played any football it was in front of people and didn't hurt them.

''At the other end we were too easily penetrated, we made simple passes look much better than they were and we looked brittle.

''All across the pitch we need a side with more energy and more enthusiasm because on Monday we were totally flat.''

Oldham boss, Ronnie Moore:

'I think three wins will probably pinch it but it's a tough task. Saturday's game is a tough one for both teams with Swansea coming out of the play-offs as well.

'We know this is the last chance saloon - lose the game and our chance has gone.'

Oldham Team News:

Oldham boss Ronnie Moore is set to field an unchanged side that lost to Bristol City on Monday.

Side that faced Bristol City: Grant, Haining, Branston, Forbes, Edwards, Hughes, Wellens, Eyres (Butcher 88), Warne (Taylor 77), Beckett, Porter.

Subs Not Used: Day, Tierney, Owen.

Player to watch: Luke Beckett

Beckett has scored 17 goals in 24 starts so he's the obvious choice for the player to watch out for. He's netted 7 times in the last 5 games.

Swansea Team News:

Jackett is set to make a number of changes and 1 of those looks set to be Lee Trundle, who along with Akinfenwa will be dropped for a new strikeforce of Knight and Fallon.

The top scorer hasn't performed well at all recently and fans were calling for him to be substituted during the Rotherham defeat.

Britton is likely to return to the right wing and Forbes could even keep his place, possibly playing at right back, allowing Williams to supply some width on the left flank.

Monk is a doubt after suffering a back injury in training while Iriekpen, Watt and Way remain sidelined.

Player to watch: New Front 2

Hopefully Jackett will go with a brand new front two that haven't played together before I don't think.

Knight will be desperate to impress to keep his place in the side and hopefully we'll see more of the magic he showed on his debut.

Match Facts & Stats

Oldham are slightly lower than us in the home form league table. They've picked up just 6 points in the last 4 at Boundary Park.

Our away form is in the relegation zone though, not winning on our travels in the last 4. We have also failed to score in the last 3 games.

Our last clean sheet was nearly 2 months ago when we beat Bournemouth 1-0 at the Liberty Stadium.

Oldham are just 3 points below us in 8th. They recently lost 3-0 at home to Barnsley but they also had good wins against Blackpool (3-1 at home) and Bradford (away 4-1).

They went on a 4-game winning run from mid-February into March, keeping clean sheets in every game. They beat Colchester, Tranmere, Walsall and Nottingham Forest.

Next Fixtures:

Saturday 29th April:
Swansea vs Southend
3pm

Saturday 6th May:
Chesterfield vs Swansea
3pm




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Writer: KevinE Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday April 21 2006

Time: 12:41PM

Your Comments

This is now the biggest game of the season. Anything less than 3 points here will most surely end our chances of reaching the play-offs.
Jack69
c'mon boys u can do it!!this is a very vital game and we need those 3points to make sure were in the playoffs and we'll keep on battling for promotion :D
s_w_a_n_s
come on swansea get those 3 points that will certainly give us hope of getting a playoff place. Hopefully results will go our way elsewhere too.
sbrjack
I think 6 points from the possible 9 would see us in the play-offs and i guess tomorrow is a must win game yet again .
JACK_THE_LAD
c'mon cityy !!! if we dont get these three points then the play offs mite not even be an option !! c'mon da jacks !! :D
swanzea_gal
hey, it says in the news paper that mcleod is going to be a sub 2morrow :S .... didn't fink that he was going to be playing any more.. ? lol
swanzea_gal
another must win game and i think we have got to get all the 9 points up for grabs.
mattyjones
kevinE what are our chances ever to have some some rich chairman to take over the club as things are we can be a big club again but as the club dont own the ground nobady with any real money would ever take it over with the club not owning the ground that be said the board and chairman are doing a fab job at the moment but i wonder if we would ever have the real money to go as far as we like i think theres a limit for what we could go even a full 20.500 sell out wont be a lot to to get into the top fleet unless theres a big pot of money sitting waiting to be spent
youngs121
unless we could do a reading and a wigan
youngs121
It's anyone's guess really. If we show potential by doing well in the Championship then you never know but there are other clubs rich businessmen would invest in.
KevinE
well done cityy...o'leary boi !! 1-1 myt only be 1 point but it is better then coming home with no points... now for southend ... c'mon da jacks :D !!
swanzea_gal
 

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