Date: 17th February 2008 at 1:09pm
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In our recent site poll, we asked you who you would like to see replace the injured Dennis Lawrence in defence.

Alan Tate received a majority 60% of the vote while 35% wanted to see Martinez dip into the loan market. Kevin Austin received only 5%.

by Fatal Swan
‘I’ve got no problems with Tate at centre half, he’s looked at his best in that position.’

Despite being a regular in the side this season, Lawrence has received constant criticism from some fans despite being part of one of the best defenses in the League.

Not all fans seem convinced and confident that Tate could come in and do a job, as some would have preferred a loan signing.

That seems strange as two seasons ago he was regarded as one of best players in Kenny Jackett’s squad, and was also our Player of the Year.

He was a regular back then and the right back place was his own but he has lost that place this year to new Spanish signing Angel Rangel.

There’s no other word for it – Rangel has been superb there and it’ll be a while before Tate plays at right back again.

Along with Lawrence, Tate has also received criticism, many regarding him as clumsy and vulnerable to conceding penalties and getting sent off.

He was shown red on the opening day of the season away at Oldham. Conceding a penalty in what was a needless challenge.

Since coming in to replace Dennis, he’s answered his critics and put in a solid performance against Walsall and many thought he should have been man of the match – Bodde won the award after scoring the winning goal.

Our new poll asks if you think Swansea City can go unbeaten for the remainder of the season.

Martinez had set his squad a hard task of winning all 16 remaining games prior to yesterday’s game at Port Vale.

The Swans haven’t experienced a League defeat since September 2007, we lost 1-0 at home to Huddersfield.

Based on the last 8 games, the Swans will get 104 points this season if they can repeat that form. (6 wins, 2 draws)