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Swansea vs. Swindon

Liberty Stadium

2nd October 2007


Swansea vs Swindon

After dropping 5 points in the last 3 home games, Roberto Martinez and his side will be looking to restore the full support of the fans tomorrow when Swindon arrive at the Liberty Stadium.

Sections of the crowd have shown their frustration during games lately and both Martinez and certain players have told the press the negative it is having on the pitch.

Marcos Painter explained how one fan hurled abuse at him during Saturday's game which affected his performance.

We've been very poor in our last 3 home games and it's vital that we get three points tomorrow. Anything less and the negativity inside the stadium will only increase, causing further on the pitch at the Liberty.

Vital Quotes:

Roberto Martinez:

'Swindon are difficult in that they are very strong and very well organised,

'They are having a little bit of an after party from promotion last season. When you are in that mood you are very dangerous.'

'But I thought we finished well and hopefully we will give the fans plenty to cheer against Swindon at the Liberty on Tuesday.'

Swindon Town manager, Paul Sturrock:

'It's important that we don't rest on our laurels because I don't want the players getting too comfortable,''

'Swansea's home form is second to none and it will be another difficult test for us. We can go into the game with some confidence after two wins on the bounce, but Swansea are a tough side to break down.

'They pass the ball very well and they have the type of manager who likes to play the game the right way. They have the firepower to finish off the chances they create and if we don't get in their faces from the kick-off, they will hurt us.

'I haven't been to The Liberty Stadium before so it will be a first visit for myself and a few of the players.''

Swansea Team News:

The Swans could be boosted by the surprise and early return of striker Darryl Duffy. He picked up a groin injury at Leeds 10 days ago and wasn't expected to return until next week.

He's set to train today and could well make the bench tomorrow.

There's no other injury news since Saturday's game and Martinez can name an unchanged side if he wants.

Player to watch: Angel Rangel

Our own real consistent performer home and away as of late. If only his determination and hard-work was shown throughout the team.

Swindon Team News:

Vital Swindon report that Barry Corr, Ady Williams and Andy Nicholas are all out. Bily Paynter should be fit to play despite a groin injury.

Player to watch: Simon Cox

from Vital Swindon: ''Cox has done well so far during his loan spell at Town, He has scored 3 goals since arriving from Reading and will be looking to add to that total.''

Match Facts & Stats

Swindon currently sit in 6th place in League One and are still unbeaten on their travels.

Recent Away Form: WDDD

Swindon picked up their first away victory on Saturday, they beat Millwall 2-1.

Swansea City gave Brighton their first away point this season, ending their losing streak away.

Swindon haven't kept a clean sheet in 10 days, I just hope we don't end another team's poor run.

Swindon haven't had a no-score draw in the last 12 games.

As far as shooting stats go, Swindon have had 50 shots on target and 50 shots off target in the league. Swansea's are 49 on and 45 off target.

Ref Watch:

Referee: D McDermid (Middlesex)
Linesmen:I Hamilton and A M Garratt
Fourth Official :R S Ganfield
Mr McDermid has officiated 5 games this season and has shown 19 yellow cards and 4 red cards. In his last game he sent Leeds United manager Dennis Wise to the Stands . He also Sent off Strikers Jermaine Beckford and Tresor Kandol. In the wake of the clash at the Priestfield Stadium Wise announced that he would be reporting the referee after an alleged outburst after the match.

Match Prediction:

Swans 1 Swindon 1 Swindon are looking strong at the moment, especially away and although they're not winning often on their travels, they are yet to lose.

With our current poor form at home, I can't see anything but another draw.

Click here to predict the score in our Prediction League

Next Fixtures:

Swansea next face a tough trip to League leaders Leyton Orient on Saturday 6th October, kicking off at 3pm.

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Date:Monday October 1 2007

Time: 6:51PM


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