Date:Friday August 25 2006
Sat 25th 2006
Swansea City return to League action this weekend following a 6th consecutive Carling Cup First round exit after losing 3-2 against Wycombe in mid-week.
Kenny Jackett and his side travel to League One new-comers Leyton Orient as they hope to build on last week's 2-0 win over Doncaster Rovers.
It won't be busy though, as we've already lost to a newly promoted side in Cheltenham Town on the opening day, and the fact that we have several players missing for tomorrow.
''In terms of results, this is the most difficult stage of my time at Swansea,''
''We've been battling away but not doing much more when we all know we're capable of better.
''But in terms of pressure on me, that's up to you guys (the media). I always put pressure on myself because in this industry, that comes with the territory.''
''We need a result, and we also need a performance. We've had some bad luck with injuries, but the players who are around can do better.''
Club Captain John Mackie is missing because of suspension and also looks to miss the next 4 months with a calf problem.
Dave Patridge (hamstring) is the only other player missing for manager Martin Ling.
The Swans will face a former player in striker Paul Connor who joined Orient last season in a £50,000 move.
He's unlikely to face his former team-mates though as he missed the first 2 games because of suspension and with Alexander and Steele in good form, he'll find it difficult to get back into the starting line-up.
Ling is hoping his side will get their 3rd home win of the season, as they currently sit in 11th place thanks to a 100% record at home so far this season.
Steele has scored 4 goals already this term so our defence will have their work cut out tomorrow.
Leon Britton and Lee Trundle are set to miss the match tomorrow because of injury.
Trundle is out for a fortnight with a hamstring injury while Britton is out with a thigh injury. Knight's knock to his ankle he suffered in a reserve game isn't as bad as first feared so he'll probably replace Trundle up front.
Jackett is still showing no signs of playing Steven Watt so Tate will probably play at right back with Amankwaah moving into the centre alongside Iriekpen. Williams and Austin then compete for the left back place.
Jackett also has problems in midfield. Youngster, MacDonald may be recalled to the starting line-up to start on the right. O'Leary may start in the centre with Pratley. McLeod and Butler compete to start on the left.
Robinson is also sidelined after failing a fitness on his anlke problem.
Recent signing Denis Lawrence is out with a groin problem while Monk and Tudur-Jones are still out.
Darren Way though, who has hardly played a game since signing in January because of injury looks set to make a surprise appearance on the bench.
Tate is also available again after a 3-match suspension.
The midfielder again, the only player who really seems to be playing well lately. Scored a great goal in Tuesday's Carling Cup defeat and as been Swansea's man of the match in most of our games so far.
Orient have won both their games at home so far, but have lost both their away games which means they currently stand in 11th place.
The last time we won at Leyton Orient was 3 years ago, we won 2-1 as we battled to avoid relegation to the Conference.
With our injury problems, poor form and Orient's confidence at home, I think we'll do well to get a draw so I'm predicting 2-2. I think we'll definately concede a few with our poor defence as it is at the moment.
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