Date: 14th April 2006 at 1:25pm
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The Swans flew North to Blackpool for another vitally important League One match tomorrow.

Swansea need another win to keep themselves in the fight for automatic promotion while the match is equally as big for the home side as they battle against relegation.

Around 1,700 fans are making the Easter trip to Bloomfield Road.

I’m sure The Seasiders haven’t forgotten about the perfectly good goal we scored to win the game at the Liberty Stadium. They thought otherwise though. For those with short memories, Britton’s goal stood despite Trundle being yards offside. The new offside rule (although there’s probably another new one since then) means you’re only offside until you touch the ball, which Trundle didn’t.

Vital Quotes:

Blackpool boss Simon Grayson:

‘I said before the Southend game that Eastwood could be the difference and so it proved.

‘Trundle is a different player. He’s technically a lot better and has a bagful of tricks, though he hasn’t got the same pace as Eastwood.

”I’ll stress to the players the danger Trundle is, but my defenders will know that anyway.

‘But it’s not just Trundle, Swansea are a decent team as a whole and it won’t be easy. But if we’re on our game, I am confident we can get a good result.’

Blackpool Team News:

Grayson is still waiting for the fitness of 5 players. John Murphy, Rory Prendergast, Ian Morris, Sam Stockley, Keith Lasley, Andy Taylor are all hoping to pass fit for the game.

Danny Coid is out with an ankle injury, so to is Phil Doughty (leg).

Swansea will be up against former loanee, Marcus Bean who is likely to start in midfield tomorrow.

Player to watch: Keigan Parker

The striker who Flynn tried to sign for the Swans has scored 8 goals in 30 league games this season. John Murphy’s record is slightly better, scoring 8 in 28 starts.

We’ll also have to watch out for Gareth Williams, who’s already scored 3 goals in 2 games, after joining on loan from Colchester.

Swansea Team News:

Kenny Jackett has been dealt a blow as he’ll be without Leon Britton for the next few games, fearing the little winger may need a hernia operation.

Forbes will get another chance in the starting line-up. In mid-week he showed his frustration of not knowing whether he’s ”coming or going”. He said: ”It’s difficult when I do get the odd start because you get used to sitting on the bench and coming on for five or 10 minutes.

”All of a sudden it’s sprung on you that you’re starting and then you’re dragged off at half-time. You don’t know whether you’re coming or going and it’s difficult to keep performing to a good standard when you’re a bit-part player.

Lowe has been recalled by Wolves so that’ll mean Tommy Williams is back in the side, meaning Tate will have to move in the centre with Ricketts on the right.

Kristian O’Leary missed Tuesday’s game with injury but he could make a return to the bench, meaning Martinez and Tudur-Jones stay in midfield.

There may also be a change up front. Trundle will remain up front ahead of Knight but Fallon could get the nod ahead of Akinfenwa.

Player to watch: Andy Robinson

Blackpool see hTrundle has the major threat so they’ll want to keep him quiet throughout the game. When opposition teams do this, Trundle usually finds it hard to ever get going in a game. Robinson has shown great chracter and spirit lately, considering his father is seriously ill in hospital. He scored a vital goal on Tuesday and he’ll be another player Blackpool will have to watch out for.

Match Facts & Stats

Another tough game against a side who are battling against relegation and because of that, it won’t be easy.

Blackpool have won 3 in the last 4 on home soil. They beat Walsall 2-0 in their last home game but before that, they lost 3 on the trot on their travels. Last weekend they lost 2-1 to Southend at Roots Hall.

Huddersfield and Southend are the only teams to have beaten Blackpool at Bloomfield this year.


Blackpool: 5th in home form league
Swansea: 18th in away form league.

Our recent away form has been dreadful. We’ve won 2 away games in 5 months. We beat Southend on 12th November and Forest on 11th February. Since then we’ve lost 2 and drawn 2 on our travels.

Match Prediction:

It’ll be another tough game against another side fighting against relegation, I think we’ll fight out for a 2-2 draw.

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