Date: 11th October 2005 at 11:10pm
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Free scoring swans run rampant as they soar to the top of the league one table.

The swans this week climbed to there highest league position in 13 years, after an incredible 7-1 mauling of Bristol City at the weekend (the favorites for the title at the beginning of the season no less)and an impressive 3-1 win at MK Dons on Tuesday night.

I don’t think anyone can say the swans are not worth the F&C performance of the week award which Jackett will happily receive on sky sports “soccer Saturday” tomorrow.

If it hasn’t been one scouser its been another with Trundle and McLeod both scoring three this week which makes McLeod the league’s top goal scorer with 7 and Trundle in second with 6.

Robinson also got off the mark with 2 at MK Dons as he aims to clinch Leon Britton’s place in the first team, Robinson said: “We’ve got a strong squad and I’ve had to wait for an opportunity, but hopefully I’ve shown the gaffer (Jackett) what I can do. Leon (Britton) has done well so far but he picked up a knock and another man’s loss is another man’s gain”. The scouse connection as I’m starting to call it is clearly enjoying life in League One .

The impressive start to the season has made Swansea 11-2 favourites to clinch the title after Jackett’s men raced to the top of the table with six wins from their first eight games. That isn’t the half of it the swans may be top but have also scored 23 goals which also gives the swans the most potent strike force in England at the moment.
But the big question on everyone’s lips is can it continue? Well the bookies seem to think so, so does Jackett and the team so lets wait and see what happens.

There are still a lot of players in the treatment room though with Adrian Forbes still sidelined with a knee injury, Kristian O’Leary and Owain Tudur-Jones are both still suffering from ankle ligament damage and Adebayo Akinfnwa is out with Hamstring trouble while Leon Britton serves a one-match ban.

Swans are boosted though by the return of defensive duo Garry Monk and big Kev Austin. Monk has been out since the first game of the season against Tranmere with a dead leg and calf problems. Austin returns from his one match ban after being sent off in the dying minutes of last Saturday’s game against Bristol City.

The Swans rose and flew away today as the 16-man playing squad left for Cardiff Wales Airport this afternoon. The one-hour flight that will turn Swansea’s longest journey of the season into their shortest.The tickets are only one-way as the players will return home after the game via coach but it could be a masterstroke by club officials after one previous away trip – to Milton Keynes Dons – already this week.

The Swans boss said “The idea is to cut down on a six- or seven-hour trip and see if it can have an effect on what we do on the pitch. We might not have done it if we hadn’t been at MK Dons on Tuesday, but the people at Air Wales have done very well for us and got us a good deal. It’s a one-off because this is our furthest away trip and only the 16 in the squad are flying, so we have cut it right down to the essentials. We’ll be training in Swansea on Friday morning which is an advantage and then the players will get in a few cars to head up to the terminal for 3.45pm”.

“We’re going a bit big time flying up,” laughed star striker Lee Trundle. “But we’re all adults and we’re going there to do a job. It’s nice for the lads because it’s a long journey and the gaffer and chairman have done well to make sure we’re as well prepared as possible. It shows that everyone wants to do something and that we’re all pushing in the right direction.”

Well that’s it for this week we’ve got a hard game tomorrow at Hartlepool lets hope we get another win and stay at the top.

Laterz.
S_T_I_D