Swansea vs Orient
2nd March 2007
Roberto Martinez will be looking to make it 2 wins out of 2 tomorrow as he takes charge of his second as the new Swansea manager.
Leyton Orient are this week's visitors to the Liberty Stadium and The O's have picked themselves up well after a slow start to the season.
Roberto Martinez: 'It's going to be very special coming back to the Liberty Stadium,''
'We've been through so many things together and I'm sure there's a lot more to come.
'I've always had a special relationship with the supporters who have been fantastic to me over the years.
'I've been so busy since I came back I haven't really had a chance to get my thoughts together about the weekend, apart from the football of course. I'm sure it will be a very emotional experience.
'I never really got the chance to say goodbye to the fans at the end of last season, so it doesn't feel like I have to say hello,'
'I'm still going to enjoy the few seconds before the game, but my main aim is to be smiling at the end of the 90 minutes with the three points.
'It's a massive game and the fans can play a huge part by getting behind the players from the very first whistle.
In the past the fans have really made the difference when there wasn't much between the teams on the pitch.
We need them to do that again because we've got an unique challenge ahead of us for the remaining nine weeks.''
Leyton Orient manager Justin Miller: 'You can see the confidence flowing through the lads and there's no reason why we can't go to Swansea and get a result,'
'When you look at it, we've actually got quite a few wins lately and most teams would be happy with that. We've got to aim to get seven or eight points clear, then we can relax a bit more and enjoy our football.''
Swansea Team News:
There were 9 players out for last Tuesday's game at Rotherham and two further players are ruled out as Lawrence and Amankwaah are both suspended for tomorrow's game.
Luckily though, Iriekpen and Duffy both return from injury and should definately start. Tate and Painter look set to join them in a 4-man defence.
Still on the sidelines are Garry Monk, Owain Tudur Jones, Darren Way, Adebayo Akinfenwa, Darren Pratley, Shaun MacDonald, Kevin Austin (virus) and Steve Watt so Izzy and Duffy look like being the only changes to the side.
Martinez will also need to pick a new captain as Lawrence, Pratley and Monk are all out. He commented on this and said: 'I want every player to be their own captain,''
'As for who will be wearing the captain's armband, I'll decide on that before the game.''
Player to watch: Abbott
Tough one to call this. No player is really going through a good run of form. Of course Britton is but he's always featured here. I'm hoping to see Abbott improve after scoring his first goal as he hasn't exactly set the world alight since his £150,000 arrival.
Leyton Orient Team News:
Luke Guttridge (ankle) and Jabo Ibehre (knee) have recovered from their injuries and are available for selection.
Both are included in the 18-man squad to travel down to South Wales.
Efi Echanomi also returned to training but he is still lacking in match fitness to make a return.
Michael Simpson and Donny Barnard are both out with knee injuries.
Alton Thelwell (hamstring) is also out but he is close to making a return.
Player to watch: Lockwood
Defender, yes defender Matthew Lockwood is Orient's top scorer this season with 10 goals. He's been with the O's for 9 years, signing for them in 1998 from Bristol Rovers.
For a defender he's quite a consistent goalscorer. Averaging around 5 goals a season throughout his long stay at Brisbane Road. Although being the club's penalty taker might have something to do with it!
Match Facts & Stats
After a struggling start to a new season in League One, they have gone on a good run since the turn of the year which has helped them get out of the relegation zone.
They'll arrive at the Liberty on the back of two impressive wins. A 3-1 home victory over Tranmere and a 5-2 thrashing away at Millwall.
Recent results also include two heavy defeats, a 4-1 loss at home to Brighton and a 5-0 hammering at Bournemouth.
Orient seem confident at the moment and I think I'll settle for a draw. Prediction: 1-1
Predict the score here