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Swansea vs. Rotherham

Liberty Stadium

23rd December 2006


Swansea vs Rotherham

After last week's superb 5-0 win over Carlisle, Kenny Jackett will be wanting more of the same from his side as Rotherham United visit the Liberty Stadium tomorrow.

Alan Knill's side have quickly got rid of thier 10-point deficit that they picked up at the start of the season after going into administration.

Vital Quotes:

Rotherham boss, Alan Knill: 'I know I keep saying it but anyone can beat anyone in this division. No one gives us a chance going to Swansea; they are coming off the back of a 5-0 win.

'In response to the defeat at Cheltenham, the lads have trained well this week and their attitude has been good.`

'It is no surprise they are in the top 6 when you look at the facilities and budget they have got. Lee Trundle is a major player for them and the other striker, Fallon is a big target man. We will have plenty to concentrate on.`

Kenny Jackett: 'Rotherham have made an excellent start to the season considering the points deduction imposed on them,''

'It shows they have some spirit and quality in their club and they are probably the success story of the season so far.

'The game against Carlisle (5-0) on Saturday was very pleasing and things went well for us from start to finish.

'The quality of the football and the entertainment was first class and I'm sure it was terrific for the home fans to be part of.

'Now we've got to repeat that performance on a consistent basis - starting against Rotherham on Saturday.

Swansea Team News:

Kenny Jackett looks set to give Tom Butler the nod over Tommy Williams to fill the left midfield role as Robinson serves a one-match ban.

Apart from that Jackett is likely to go with the same side from last weekend.

Player to watch: Leon Britton

One of our most in-form players now, he did well last weekend and caused loads of problems on the right wing. Others to look out for will be Ian Craney and Tom Butler who's finally back in the side after a long spell on the bench.

Rotherham Team News:

Colin Murdock is definately out for the Millers after suffering an injury during the Cheltenham game last Saturday.

Midfielder Michael Keane is also out with a hamstring injury.

Pablo Mills meanwhile is hoping to recover from a calf strain to feature in tomorrow's game.

Lee Williamson is also for the Millers as he's still yet to recover from an injury.

Player to watch: Will Hoskins

Hoskins is one of the leading scorers in League One with 12 goals so far. The 20 year-old came through the youth scheme at Millmoor and has also represented England up to under-20 level.

The defence will need to keep him out of the game as much as possible if we're to get another good result.

Match Facts & Stats

Despite their 10-point deduction, Rotherham are already out of the relegation zone with 22 points and without their deduction they would have been in 9th place.

Last week they lost 2-0 away at Cheltenham and prior to that they drew 1-1 with Bristol City at home.

In a terrible game at the Liberty Stadium last season, Rotherham beat us 2-0 as they battled to avoid relegation during troubled times for the Millers.

The Swans will be confident of another home win after scoring 5 and keeping a clean-sheet against Carlisle last Saturday.

Match Prediction:

I suppose a lot of fans will be expecting another good home win but Rotherham are a good side and have done superbly considering they had a 10-point deduction at the start of the season. I think we'll edge though 2-1.

Remember to predict the score in our Prediction League here

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