Date: 21st April 2006 at 12:41pm
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After the shambles against Rotherham on Monday, we now have a huge game against the side below us in 8th as both us and Oldham are battling for a playoff place.

A win could put us up as far as 4th while a defeat will see going even further behind the top 6.

Vital Quotes:

Jackett spots the obvious:

”There will definitely be changes, because our performance needs to be a hell of a lot better than it was in either game over Easter.

”A fantastic opportunity was there for us last weekend going into the last few games of the season. It was exciting.

”To get no points from six was a horrible feeling and to play as badly as we did made it very disappointing.”

”Against Blackpool and against Rotherham we lacked energy and we lacked passion,”

”We lacked the ability to get beyond people, to stretch teams, and if we played any football it was in front of people and didn’t hurt them.

”At the other end we were too easily penetrated, we made simple passes look much better than they were and we looked brittle.

”All across the pitch we need a side with more energy and more enthusiasm because on Monday we were totally flat.”

Oldham boss, Ronnie Moore:

‘I think three wins will probably pinch it but it’s a tough task. Saturday’s game is a tough one for both teams with Swansea coming out of the play-offs as well.

‘We know this is the last chance saloon – lose the game and our chance has gone.’

Oldham Team News:

Oldham boss Ronnie Moore is set to field an unchanged side that lost to Bristol City on Monday.

Side that faced Bristol City: Grant, Haining, Branston, Forbes, Edwards, Hughes, Wellens, Eyres (Butcher 88), Warne (Taylor 77), Beckett, Porter.

Subs Not Used: Day, Tierney, Owen.

Player to watch: Luke Beckett

Beckett has scored 17 goals in 24 starts so he’s the obvious choice for the player to watch out for. He’s netted 7 times in the last 5 games.

Swansea Team News:

Jackett is set to make a number of changes and 1 of those looks set to be Lee Trundle, who along with Akinfenwa will be dropped for a new strikeforce of Knight and Fallon.

The top scorer hasn’t performed well at all recently and fans were calling for him to be substituted during the Rotherham defeat.

Britton is likely to return to the right wing and Forbes could even keep his place, possibly playing at right back, allowing Williams to supply some width on the left flank.

Monk is a doubt after suffering a back injury in training while Iriekpen, Watt and Way remain sidelined.

Player to watch: New Front 2

Hopefully Jackett will go with a brand new front two that haven’t played together before I don’t think.

Knight will be desperate to impress to keep his place in the side and hopefully we’ll see more of the magic he showed on his debut.

Match Facts & Stats

Oldham are slightly lower than us in the home form league table. They’ve picked up just 6 points in the last 4 at Boundary Park.

Our away form is in the relegation zone though, not winning on our travels in the last 4. We have also failed to score in the last 3 games.

Our last clean sheet was nearly 2 months ago when we beat Bournemouth 1-0 at the Liberty Stadium.

Oldham are just 3 points below us in 8th. They recently lost 3-0 at home to Barnsley but they also had good wins against Blackpool (3-1 at home) and Bradford (away 4-1).

They went on a 4-game winning run from mid-February into March, keeping clean sheets in every game. They beat Colchester, Tranmere, Walsall and Nottingham Forest.

Next Fixtures:

Saturday 29th April:
Swansea vs Southend
3pm

Saturday 6th May:
Chesterfield vs Swansea
3pm