Swans fans have been queuing in their thousands these last days for tomorrow’s eagerly awaited play off clash against Brentford.
A sell out crowd of more than 19,000 will be at the Liberty Stadium as we hope to gain a healthy advantage ahead of Sunday’s second leg fixture.
As I write, only tickets remaining for Thursday will be those reserved for season ticket holders that haven’t been claimed and possible any that are sent back by Brentford that they haven’t sold, so don’t cancel your trip to the ticket office just yet!
We’ve finally come into some form recently with a good performance against Southend before a superb 4-0 win at Chesterfield that guaranteed our place in the play offs.
Brentford boss Martin Allen:
‘In our final few games, we were punished by basic errors of judgement and lack of concentration – and it is not good enough.
‘There has to be some straight talking and analysis. I can only go so far in protecting the players.
‘I cannot keep watching us play well and then failing to win games because of errors.’
Swansea Team News:
Kenny Jackett has Kristian O’Leary back after recovering from a foot injury while Leon Britton is also expected to stay in the side after showing no signs of a reoccurance of his groin injury.
With Kevin McLeod out for more than a month, MacDonald is hoping to start his 3rd consecutive game. The 17 year old kept his place in the side last week after a very impressive performance against Southend.
Iriekpen, Watt and Way remain sidelined with long-term injuries.
Kenny Jackett also dropped Lee Trundle last week as Leon Knight stepped in and scored his second hatrick for the Swans in 4 months in the 4-0 win against Chesterfield. Knight said this week he was unsure on whether he’ll be kept in the side, and if he’s dropped then Jackett’s mistake will be on a par with Sven’s!
Player to watch: Leon Knight
He came into the side for the last game against Chesterfield and scored a hatrick and he’ll be right up for it again tomorrow night.
Brentford Team News:
Swans fans will be glad to hear that defender Sam Sodje (suspended) and striker Lloyd Owusu (groin) are out for tomorrow’s game. Their top scorer has netted 14 times in 45 starts this season in all competitions.
Jay Tabb will be available after pulling out of the Republic of Ireland under-21 squad. Oli Skulason, another midfielder, is out with a knee problem.
Player to watch: Jay Tabb
A product of the Bees youth set up, the 22 year old midfielder is one of the youngest players to win the player of the year award in 2004.
He’s scored 6 goals in 47 games in all competitions this season.
Match Facts & Stats
Brentford finished 3rd this season, 3 points behind Colchester who claimed the 2nd automatic promotion place.
In both of our games against the Bees this season, it has ended 2-1 with each side winning their home game.
Andy Robinson scored a late free kick to get all 3 points when we played them last on 17th March and hopefully their bad luck in the play-offs will continue.
The Bees’ last game was a 2-2 draw away at Bournemouth, with Colchester drawing as well, even a win on the last day couldn’t secure them automatic promotion.
The form league table for the final 8 games sees Brentford in 8th, average 12 points in the last 8, while we were 19th as we averaged just a point a game.
I think we’ve been impressive in these last few games and the team will be right up for it and put in a great performance. I’ll be happy with a clean sheet and a 1 goal lead ahead of the 2nd leg on Sunday.
Sunday 11th May:
vs Brentford (2nd leg play offs)
12:15 kick off