Date: 22nd January 2009 at 3:31pm
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Portsmouth manager Tony Adams has admitted he fears Swansea’s style of play will cause them problems on Saturday.

The under pressure manager welcomes the South Wales club to Fratton Park as Pompey look to defend the FA Cup they won by beating Cardiff City at Wembley in May.

The former Arsenal centre half has warned his players and fans to be patient, as he expects the Swans to dominate possession on Saturday afternoon.

Adams told the Western Mail:

“Swansea play a 4-3-3 very well. Little Leon Britton is an ex-West Ham player, and they`ve got Darren Pratley from Fulham – good little players there who know how to play their system and know how to pass the ball.’

“They`re a good outfit, who pass the ball very well and have lots of possession.’

“And, hopefully, we won`t get frustrated by the amount of possession Swansea have, because they will have plenty because they can pass it.’

“That`s my fear, that we`ll be all getting frustrated because the fans will be demanding that we turn them over easily.’

“But this is by no means an easy game for us – they are a good side.”

“I love the way Roberto`s team play and I love the way he encourages his players to get the ball down and play,” he said.

“So it will be tough for us. They beat Reading at the weekend and they play their system very well, pass the ball, keep possession.’

“And there is a tendency to go and chase them – but that`s not a good thing to do. So we`ve got to be a bit patient.”


The 3,000 Jacks travelling to Portsmouth will be hoping Adams predictions come true, and the Swans can come away with a famous result.