Swansea City continue to defend their newly-named Johnstone’s Paint Trophy with a second trip to Peterborough United, another club that transfer-listed striker Leon Knight has rejected to join.
After a dissapointing weekend in which we gave Northampton their first home win of the season, Kenny Jackett will at least want to see an improvement with two games in the space of 4 days.
Striker Adebayo Akinfenwa is especially hoping that our run in the cup continues after revealing that last season’s Trophy win was one of the best days of his career.
‘Bayo’ got the winning goal just 9 minutes from time at the Millenium Stadium.
Adebayo Akinfenwa: ‘I went from euphoria to devastation at the Millennium last season,’ he recalls. ‘The Trophy final was definitely one of the best days of my career, but then missing a penalty and us losing out on promotion was an awful experience.
‘They were the best and worst times, but that Trophy final was a great day on a personal note for me and my family as well as for Swansea City and our supporters – and I’m sure all of us would love to have a repeat of it this season.
‘It’s going to be a tough game at Peterborough, there’s no doubt about that, they’re in the Play-Off places at the moment so they’ve obviously had a decent start to the season. But we’ve been doing okay too, and we are aiming to go through to the next round.’
Peterborough Team News:
Peterborough will be without Peter Gain after he picked up a groin injury during Saturday’s draw with Grimsby.
Adam Newton and Simon Yeo are also out injured. Liam Davis could make a return though after being rested on Saturday while Ben Turner could return after suffering from a bruised foot.
Player to watch: Trevor Benjamin
The Jamaican striker has scored 6 goals for the Posh this season and the 6ft 2inch striker surely cause problems for our defence tomorrow. The 37 year-old has had his fair share of clubs in the football league including Leicester, Swindon, Watford, Northampton, Coventry, Crystal Palace, West Brom and Norwich to name a few!
Swansea Team News:
Kenny Jackett could be without 7 first team players tomorrow night and the Swansea manager has added 3 youth players to the squad as a result.
Dion Chambers, Nicky Holland and Kyle Graves have all been added to the squad.
Captain Darren Pratley is still out with an ankle injury while Leon Britton’s red card on Saturday means he sits out a one-match ban.
Izzy iriekpen (toe), Owain Tudur-Jones (toe), Tom Williams (stomach) and Andy Robinson (ankle) are all injury doubts for the game at London Road.
Young striker Chris Jones could make his full debut after recent appearances on the substitutes bench.
Player to watch: Chris Jones
The 17 year-old is a hot prospect and it’ll be good to see him make his first senior start for us. He’s a confident lad and he’ll be itching to make good impression.
Match Facts & Stats
The last game between the two sides was 5 years ago. Peterborough beat us then at the Vetch 2-0. The last time we beat them was in 2000 away at London Road, we won 2-0.
The Posh sit just inside the play-offs in League One in 7th place, 7 points away from an automatic place.
Their last home win was 2 weeks ago, they beat Shrewsbury 2-1. A lot of goals seem to be scored at London Road, they’ve scored 16 and conceded 15.
I think we’ll be in for another close tie. We weren’t exactly convincing away at Walsall in the first round and I think we’ll scrape through this one. Their home record suggests there’ll be quite a few goals scored so I’m predicting a 3-2 win.
Friday 3rd October
Swansea vs Bournemouth (h)