Swans flying high as they still sit proudly on top of the league one table for the sixth consecutive match.
Swans are still the team to beat this week as they stretched their unbeaten run to seven. The swans continued there impressive start to the season with a good 1v1 draw at home to the ex European champions Nottingham Forest and another away win at Bournemouth in mid week as Lee Trundle’s single goal in the 32nd minute was enough to claim the three points for Jackett?s men.
The Forest game was watched by the biggest attendance for quite some time it was a massive shame though that the 18,000 plus Swans fans couldn’t see their team win. This was the biggest home gate the Swans have had for a league match for 23 years, stretching way back to the John Toshack era. But the victory those supporters inside a packed New Stadium craved from Kenny Jackett’s table-toppers to mark such a memorable occasion just would not come. After Jack Lester gave forest the lead in the 54th minute things did not look so rosy but our reliable as ever skipper Roberto Martinez cancelled out Lester’s earlier strike with a superb individual goal to rescue a point for his side.
Jackett praised Martinez for his efforts so far this season “Roberto has had an excellent start to the season You need your midfielders to be chipping in with goals, so it’s good to see Roberto getting on the scoresheet again, I don’t think he’ll ever be someone who’ll get his head on the end of a cross or a corner or whatever. Owain Tudur Jones is one of our central midfielders who could perhaps do that but Roberto does get shots in. He’s had quite a few this season. He can join in a move late and during the course of a game and have a few shots from the edge of the box he’s got that ability to strike the ball.”
Lee Trundle continues to flourish in league one as he scored his 9th goal in nine games as he scored the only goal of the game at AFC Bournemouth on Tuesday night. The striker is in astounding form at the moment as he lead’s the race for the golden boot in league one, I think any pre season critic’s saying Trundle can’t perform at a higher level have well and truly been silenced already and people are beginning to sit up and take notice.
Surprisingly enough one of them is Magpies boss Graeme Souness. The south tyneside news reports “a Magpies representative was at Hartlepool?s home ground Victoria Park to watch Trundle, who is under contract at the Swansea Stadium until 2007. United plan to watch Trundle again before the transfer window re-opens in January. Having spent more than £35m in the summer, there is not a great deal of money left in the St James’s Park kitty but Newcastle manager Graeme Souness is still looking to strengthen his squad, and Trundle is desperate to prove himself at the highest level possible.”
Top of League One with seven wins from 11 matches and leading scorers in the English game with 27 goals, Jackett has admitted he?s living a dream at the moment. ”It was certainly the start that I dreamed of I may not of expected it but I certainly dreamed it. It is still a hard division and we have to be right on our game every time we turn out.” said Jackett “If at around Christmas time we are still there then that is when it is going to count I wouldn’t say that there is danger of peaking too soon You always have to try and improve as a team and improve as a club, Sometimes when you get injuries you can go backwards, but that is only temporary as when you get those players back you try to improve.”
Supporters face a ticket rush ahead of Saturday?s home game against Blackpool. The western mail reports “Swansea are expecting a big rush for tickets for Saturday’s game against Blackpool.
More than 10,000 had gone at the start of the week and the club are advising fans to purchase their tickets early. Tickets can be booked via the ticket hotline on 08700 400004 and the ticket office between 11.30am and 7.30pm or online at www.swanseacity.net anytime. The club superstore is also open from 10am on Saturday. The club is also reminding fans that anyone arrested for a football-related offence is now subjected to a minimum three-year banning order by law.
A club spokesman said: ”It is not the decision of the club, council or stadium management to impose a ban but the adjudicating magistrate.”
Well that just about covers everything for this week I think. Another week gone and which is more important another successful week. I think now we are starting to strike fear into other teams and we are the team to beat. Lets hope it continues for a long time to come. The injury and suspension crisis is starting to ease, which is helping I think. Forbes is back for Saturday and O’T’J is back the week after. Lets hope we get another three points Saturday and hope we can start to create a gap at the top.