Swansea City turn their attentions to the LDV Vans Trophy this week as they travel to Torquay for Tuesday night’s first round clash.
Akinfenwa faces his former club and although he was their player of the year he has received criticism from their chairman and fans after refusing to sign a new deal. He is expecting a hard time from the players and the fans.
Kenny Jackett has indicated before that he takes cup games seriously so he is likely to name his strongest side he has available.
Hopefully we can get back to scoring ways as we have failed to score in our last 2 matches – away at Yeovil last Saturday and at home to Oldham 2 days ago.
Torquay United were relegated from League One last season on goal difference after failing to grab at least a point on the last day against Colchester. This term they haven’t kicked off their season as they would have liked and currently lie in 22nd place. However, the Cup always has its upsets and the Swans have suffered plenty of these in the past! Rhyl and Stevenage come to mind!
Adebayo Akinfenwa told BBC SPORT: ”Even the manager said they’re going to kick me up in the air all night, All I say is let them try – I’m really looking forward to it.”
Adrian Forbes also said: ”It’s a competition the manager thinks we can win and we’ll be giving it 100 per cent just as we do in every other game.”
Torquay Team News:
Player to watch: coming soon
Swansea Team News:
Tudur-Jones and McLeod are still injured but both could make a return in time for Saturday’s match at Rotherham.
Long term casualties Connor and Nugent remain sidelined. Leon Britton also faces a late fitness test after aggravating his ankle during the goalless draw with Oldham.
Garry Monk is also injured so we can expect an unchanged back four.
With Marcus Bean also missing through injury, Kris O’Leary will come in as a replacement says the BBC while 17 year-old Shaun McDonald looks to make his first start alongside him in a new look midfield.
Player to watch: Adebayo Akinfenwa
Akinfenwa faces his former club and it’ll be interesting to see how he copes with his reception from the fans as well as the players. He’ll be desperate to punish the club after the criticism he’s received.
Match Facts & Stats
With a strong side set to be fielded, it should be an away win for the Swans but you never know in Cup games!