Nearly 20,000 will pack into the Liberty Stadium tomorrow for this season’s final home game of the season as we entertain leaders Southend.
Tickets were expected to sell out at some time today as only a handful tickets remained today for the West Stand corner. This season’s attendance record of 19,288 is sure to be broken
The Shrimpers will bring just over 1,900 to South Wales after selling out their allocation of tickets earlier this week.
Tilson’s men will be hoping to win the Championship and if they do, celebrations will be bitter to watch after seeing us slide out of the top 2.
Forest, Oldham and Bristol City are closing in on the play offs and with goal difference only seperating us from Forest, yes, it’s another must-win game.
Turnstiles will be only from 1pm with match entertainment beginning at 2pm. This will include a pitch parade by the 1981 Swans squad that clinched promotion to the old First Division.
Players present include Dzemal Hadziabdic, Ante Rajkovic, Alan Curtis, Wyndham Evans, Leighton James, Nigel Stevenson, Dudley Lewis, John Mahoney, Dave Stewart and Jimmy Loveridge.
‘It’s a massive game,”
‘And if we ever needed the fans behind us it’s now. They’ve been fantastic all season, but now is the time to turn the volume up even more.
”We’ve proved before that we can beat anyone on our day and our fans always play a massive part. We’ve all got to pull together for these two game and if the fans are with us I can guarantee it will give the lads a huge lift.”
Southend Manager, Steve Tilson:
‘We need all the support we can get down to Wales,’
‘I know it is a long way and it has been an expensive season, but one final push could make all the difference for our promotion charge.
‘The fans have been magnificent all season, especially away from home. We’ve sold our allocation for this game and it would be tremendous effort if they could out sing the home supporters – it could make all the difference.’
Swansea Team News:
Lee Trundle put on his own individual show at Roots Hall earlier in the season in a big 2-1 win and we’ll need our top scorer to be back to his best on Saturday.
Jackett is expected to recall him in place of Leon Knight. We’ve seen the scouser rise for the big occasion. He did it in the Football League Trophy Final with a spectacular goal and I wouldn’t be surprised to see more of the same from him tomorrow.
Britton is likely to miss out as he’s struggling with a pelvic problem so Forbes could return to the starting line-up although Jackett is considering a surprise move to start youngster Shaun MacDonald.
Monk has recovered from a back problem so he’ll probably replace Kevin Austin at the back with Tate also in the centre.
Kevin McLeod could keep his place in the side after playing his first game last week at Oldham in 6 weeks. He’s been out of action after being put on the transfer list.
Player to watch: Lee Trundle
He’s eager for a return and after being dropped last week he should rise to the big occasion.
He hasn’t scored since March 4th so we need him to return to his best for these last 2 games.
Southend Team News:
Southend have no new injury concerns this week but Sodje, Prior and Griemink are out for the remainder of the season.
Winger Mitchell Cole is contention for a starting place after returning last week to the bench.
Player to watch: Freddy Eastwood
Eastwood claimed to be the better striker in the game at Roots Hall this season and Trundle clearly proved him wrong.
He’s scored 21 goals in 32 starts in League One.
Match Facts & Stats
Southend haven’t won in the last 4 games, they’ve drawn 2 and lost 2 since their 3-0 win at home to Hartlepool on 25th March.
Their last away win was against Colchester on 4th March, they won 3-0.
Swansea meanwhile will quickly want to forget about their pathetic performance against Rotherham nearly 2 weeks ago.
Since beating Brentford 2-1 on 17th March, we’ve lost 2, drawn 1 away, and lost 2-0 to Rotherham.
We’re 20th in the League’s form table, averaging just a point a game. Southend are 10th.
Saturday 6th May
vs Chesterfield (a)