Swansea City play the third of their Welsh friendlies as they visit the Remax Stadium to take on Port Talbot.
Roberto Martinez thanks fans for support in friendlies:
|‘I think a few of the new boys were more than surprised how many fans turned up against Neath and Llanelli,”|
‘They were told it was a fitness exercise, but I don’t think they’ve ever done a fitness session in front of so many people before!”
‘It was probably more than I expected, but it didn’t surprise me. I know how special the fans think the club is – and visa versa.
‘I’m pleased that the fans are as excited as I am about the new season.
And when they turn out in those numbers, they deserve to see the first team players in action. It all helps to build the relationship between the players and the fans, especially the new signings.”
Port Talbot Team News:
Port Talbot have 6 former Swansea players in their squad!
Goalkeeping coach Tony Pennock is manager with Paul Reid as his assistant coach. Reid was signed by Nick Cusack in the 2002/03 season.
Defenders Leigh De-Vulgt, Matthew Rees and Lee Surman could also face their former club tomorrow night.
Midfielder Gareth Phillips is also at Port Talbot. He joined the club on June 1st 2007 from merthyr Tydfil. Phillips started his career with the Swans in 1996 and left in 2003.
Striker Chad Bond failed to break into the first team at Swansea and was released by Kenny Jackett at the end of the 05/06 season.
There has been speculation over pre-season that Martinez has welcomed Bond back to a club for a trial. He has apparently offered him a 1 year deal and could stay at Port Talbot on loan. There has been no official news of this though.
Player to watch: Chad Bond
Will be interesting to see how he’s progressed since he left the Swans. He was a consistent a high scorer in the Reserves but was a never given first team opportunities.
Swansea Team News:
Like in the previous games, Martinez is expected to name 2 completely different sides in each half as all available players look set to play 45 minutes.
Trialists Ibrahima Thiam and Jamie Price are both expected to feature in the game before makes a decision on whether to offer them contracts.
Jason Scotland is still yet to return from a calf injury so he’ll be missing yet again.
Martinez commented on this and said: ‘He’s probably fit enough to take part against Port Talbot,”
‘But it’s not worth the risk. We’ll give him his debut next week in Holland instead.”
Player to watch: Anderson / Bodde
Anderson and Bodde have particularly impressed in the friendlies of late.
Match Facts & Stats
Getting to the Remax Stadium:
Port Talbot Town Football Club
The RE/MAX Stadium