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Swansea vs. Brentford

Liberty Stadium

11/05.06

7:45pm

Play-Off 1st Leg Preview

Swans fans have been queuing in their thousands these last days for tomorrow's eagerly awaited play off clash against Brentford.

A sell out crowd of more than 19,000 will be at the Liberty Stadium as we hope to gain a healthy advantage ahead of Sunday's second leg fixture.

As I write, only tickets remaining for Thursday will be those reserved for season ticket holders that haven't been claimed and possible any that are sent back by Brentford that they haven't sold, so don't cancel your trip to the ticket office just yet!

We've finally come into some form recently with a good performance against Southend before a superb 4-0 win at Chesterfield that guaranteed our place in the play offs.

Vital Quotes:

Brentford boss Martin Allen:

'In our final few games, we were punished by basic errors of judgement and lack of concentration - and it is not good enough.

'There has to be some straight talking and analysis. I can only go so far in protecting the players.

'I cannot keep watching us play well and then failing to win games because of errors.'

Swansea Team News:

Kenny Jackett has Kristian O'Leary back after recovering from a foot injury while Leon Britton is also expected to stay in the side after showing no signs of a reoccurance of his groin injury.

With Kevin McLeod out for more than a month, MacDonald is hoping to start his 3rd consecutive game. The 17 year old kept his place in the side last week after a very impressive performance against Southend.

Iriekpen, Watt and Way remain sidelined with long-term injuries.

Kenny Jackett also dropped Lee Trundle last week as Leon Knight stepped in and scored his second hatrick for the Swans in 4 months in the 4-0 win against Chesterfield. Knight said this week he was unsure on whether he'll be kept in the side, and if he's dropped then Jackett's mistake will be on a par with Sven's!

Player to watch: Leon Knight

He came into the side for the last game against Chesterfield and scored a hatrick and he'll be right up for it again tomorrow night.

Brentford Team News:

Swans fans will be glad to hear that defender Sam Sodje (suspended) and striker Lloyd Owusu (groin) are out for tomorrow's game. Their top scorer has netted 14 times in 45 starts this season in all competitions.

Jay Tabb will be available after pulling out of the Republic of Ireland under-21 squad. Oli Skulason, another midfielder, is out with a knee problem.

Player to watch: Jay Tabb

A product of the Bees youth set up, the 22 year old midfielder is one of the youngest players to win the player of the year award in 2004.

He's scored 6 goals in 47 games in all competitions this season.

Match Facts & Stats

Brentford finished 3rd this season, 3 points behind Colchester who claimed the 2nd automatic promotion place.

In both of our games against the Bees this season, it has ended 2-1 with each side winning their home game.

Andy Robinson scored a late free kick to get all 3 points when we played them last on 17th March and hopefully their bad luck in the play-offs will continue.

The Bees' last game was a 2-2 draw away at Bournemouth, with Colchester drawing as well, even a win on the last day couldn't secure them automatic promotion.

The form league table for the final 8 games sees Brentford in 8th, average 12 points in the last 8, while we were 19th as we averaged just a point a game.

Match Prediction:

I think we've been impressive in these last few games and the team will be right up for it and put in a great performance. I'll be happy with a clean sheet and a 1 goal lead ahead of the 2nd leg on Sunday.

Next Fixtures:

Sunday 11th May:
vs Brentford (2nd leg play offs)
12:15 kick off




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Writer: KevinE Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday May 10 2006

Time: 6:10PM

Your Comments

cme on lets get behind the ladz "cme on city" gna b a gr8 gme
swanz_gal_05
should be us! should be us! lol not really good luck but i think brentford will go up.
jono_forest
c'mon da jacks !!.. we can do it :D.. lets get behind the team and give them all the support we can=) ... if we play like we did against chesterfield then we are on our way to the millenium .. AGAIINN :P... soo C'MON CITYY :D !! should be a sell out at the liberty so a gr8 atmosphere is ahead!! :D .. lets show brentford what SWANSEA CITY are made of :D !! .. c'mon cityyyy !!
swanzea_gal
Knight and Fallon to stay up front, only my opinion of course!! Come on the Swans!!
Mule79
yee think it should be fallon and knight upfront to :D.. C'MON CITYYY !
swanzea_gal
Cme on boiz lets get a gr8 performance....shaun macdonald 2 start and knigh nd fallon up front....wounder if this is the sign for trundle to pack his bagz ope not!!!....should b a sell out 2nite so lets get behind the ladz nd show them were behind them 100% whatever happens "cme on city" lets how them what swansea r made of anuva bristol please lmao
swanz_gal_05
come on city we can do it a clean sheet home is a great plus. not that away goals count.
mattyjones
Come on lads , win it .
JACK_THE_LAD
1-1 .. didnt expect sam ricketts to score ... buttt well done sammy boi :D .. lets get a win at brentfrord now.. C'MON CITYY :D !!
swanzea_gal
"you needed a 2 goal advantage to take to griffin park- i fear you are staying down for this season at least- see you at millmoor"
millers4eva
We're a good enough side on our day to beat any team in this division at their ground. If we play to our ability sunday, we'll make it to cardiff.
Jack69
 

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