Swansea vs Gillingham
23rd Jan 2007
Swansea City play their 2nd home game in the space 4 days as Gillingham are tonight's visitors at the Liberty Stadium.
The Gills are certainly one of our 'bogey' sides as our last 6 games against them have all been defeats.
With us dropping down to 8th in the league, tonight's is certainly a must-win game as otherwise even our chances of the play-offs again will start slipping away.
Kenny Jackett: 'Our record against Gillingham has been poor over the last two seasons - and that is something we must put right tonight,''
'Our work rate, attitude, commitment and desire to win the ball must be first class for the entire 90 minutes if we are going to win.
'Passion gets you a long way and we need to show some tonight to get the points that we all want.
'We are still on the fringes of the promotion race and looking to break through into the top places.
'The positive is that we are only eight points off the top of the league and the performance level of the players at the moment is good.
'Keeping our attitude strong and being positive that we can be successful is vital. Two years ago we lost to Scunthorpe 1-0 and were then 10 points behind them during February. At the end of the season we finished level with them on points and both clubs got promoted automatically.''
Swansea Team News:
Kenny Jackett will have new signing Pawel Abbott available as has been cleared by the Football League.
The Swans' manager will be hoping to see the return of captain Darren Pratley as he's been sidelined with an ankle injury. Painter is out with a groin injury though and O'Leary is suspended.
Player to watch: Pawel Abbott
He'll probably be on the bench but I'd be surprised if he doesn't play a part tonight, hopefully he'll get 15-20 minutes to show us what he's capable of. Leon Britton will also be a player to watch after an excellent performance on Saturday.
Gillingham Team News:
The Gills have signed Plymouth goalkeeper Romain Larrieu on loan after Luton recalled Dean Brill. He'll go straight into the side as their only other keeper, Ian Cox is suspended.
Brent Sancho and Dean McDonald are doubtful, but Duncan Jupp should return.
Player to watch: Matt Jarvis
Quote from Vital Gillingham: Always looked the most likely to create something at Cheltenham on Saturday and will be hoping to cause the Swans plenty of problems too. Opened the scoring in the return fixture at Priestfield and the Swans will have to be aware of his considerable talents.
Match Facts & Stats
The Gills have won the last 6 games against us and we'll have to put that right tonight for multiple reasons!
Jepson's side are currently 15th in the league, and their last away win was at Tranmere a month ago. Since then they have lost 3, won 1 and drawn 1.
I think we'll finally beat Gillingham tonight. It's a must win game really as we need to get back into the play-offs as quick as possible. 2-1 Swans.
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Saturday, 27 January 2007
Ipswich v Swansea, 15:00
Saturday, 03 February 2007
Cheltenham v Swansea, 15:00
Tuesday, 06 February 2007
Rotherham v Swansea, 19:45