Date:Thursday January 3 2008
Swansea will be hoping to put the disappointing 1-1 draw against Swindon firmly behind them with a FA Cup 3rd round clash against Blue Square South side Havant and Waterlooville.
It was the non league side who caused a giant killing in the 2nd round after beating league two outfit Notts County 1-0. Tony Taggart was the hero for the Hampshire club at Meddow Lane and is relishing the prospect of facing Swansea at The Liberty Stadium and hopes to put himself in the shop window.
Havant and Waterlooville manager Shaun Gale will be boosted with the performances by their non league counterparts Horsham Town and Billericay Town who briefly looked like they would overhaul league position and down the South Wales side.
Roberto Martinez will be hoping for safe passage to the 4th round with a possible lucrative money spinning tie against a premiership side.
Havant currently lie in 12th place in the conference south division but games in hand over all the sides above them.
In a game branded as the biggest in the clubs history since forming in 1998 Havant have caused one cup exit can they make it two?
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Havant Manager Stuart Gale :
|"This is the biggest game in our history. We have never played in the third round of the Cup before and we have never played a team as big as Swansea. "|
It means everything to me and the club and as a manager it is a honour to have taken them this far. We will approach the game exactly has we have done before. We will go to the game the night before, stay in a hotel and travel to the game in club tracksuits. "
|"I'm expecting to be busy but then they are League opposition so that is understandable. |
eople are expecting them to win easily, but if we approach the game in the right manner, get a bit of luck and try and keep it tight we know what we are capable of. ""I've had a look at their strikers and they are big and powerful and I'm sure they'll keep me busy, but I'm looking forward to the challenge. "
I want to play League football and this will be a good test for me."
|I've been involved with the club for 25 years, first with Havant Town and then when the club merged, and this is the biggest game I can remember. |
can't quite believe it as it gets closer and everyone is talking about it.
|'Havant have always had a good set of players and they always rise to the occasion,' |
I'm sure the manager Shaun Gale will have all the players ready, he's done a good job and he'll have them organised for the game.
It will be a tough match, especially with Swansea being on a real high after coming off the back of the win against Leeds. It should make for a great atmosphere.
They've got some experienced players and that will help them give a good account of themselves against better players.'
Ferrie Bodde will miss the fixture as he serves the 2nd of a 5 match ban following his red card in the 3-2 win over Leeds United last month.
Angel Rangel will also serve a 1 match ban following receiving his 5th yellow card.
Owain Tudur Jones is also out but is expected to return sometime in the next month.
Swansea's work horse:
|Darren Pratley has been a revelation this season alongside Dutchman Ferrie Bodde. With his exellent work ethic and ability to control a game from the centre of midfield the former Brenford player will be pivotal come Saturday afternoon. |
One of his main attributes is his high fitness rate he never stops working.
He has scored vital goals so far this term with a wonder strike against Leyton Orient being the most memorable. Despite his effort striking Orient's goalkeeper Stuart Nelson his contribution cannot be discounted for the Liberty Stadium outfit.
Should the Hawks allow him time on the ball he will cause problems.
The Hawks have a few omitions to their squad with cup-tied players Craig Watkins, Charlie Henry and Gary Elphick rulled out.Striker Gary Hart is also out.
Defender Justin Gregory is out with the flu and Charlie Oatway and former swan Neil Sharp are both out with knee injuries.
The Hawks Shot Stopper
|Hawks Shot stopper Kevin Scriven|
as been highlighted by many Havant fans as the one to watch come Saturday afternoon. Scriven joined the Blue Square South outfit in the summer of 2007 on a free transfer from Farnborough Town the young keeper has impressed at Westleigh Park.
He has also installed himself the firm no 1 keeper at the club over Tom Taylor. into double figures for the season.
Rich Self the Web master of Havant and Waterlooville's official site thinks it will be tough to get much past the young keeper " You`ll have to do something pretty special to get a shot past keeper Kevin Scriven."
The Form Book(based on previous 5 results)
Havant & Waterlooville
Referee: Stuart Atwell
Fourth Official :to come..
Stuart Atwell came under fierce criticism following his lacklustre performance when he officiated Swansea City's league one game vs Gillingham on the 2nd November 2007.Despite this Swansea City manager Roberto Martinez would not be drawn to comment about Atwell's performance. The under fire official has officiated 16 games has given out 25 yellow cards and dismissed 3 player from the field of play.
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