Swansea City host Barnsley at the Liberty Stadium on Tuesday night and skipper Garry Monk says they won’t be looking for revenge after losing to them in the play-off final 2 years ago.
55,000 were at the Millenium Stadium as Kenny Jackett’s side were hoping for a second consecutive promotion.
It was heartbreak for the Swans fans that day though as after Nardiello cancelled out Fallon and Robinson’s first half goals, Barnsley won the game on the lottery that is a penalty shoot out.
Despite losing out that day, we’re better equipped now under Roberto Martinez, who took just one year to get us promotion to the Championship.
Garry Monk on why he won’t be looking for revenge:
‘It hadn’t crossed my mind and that says a lot.
‘Of course, there are a lot of bad memories from that day that still hurt – but the two teams have changed so much from that match I don’t think you can talk about revenge or grudge matches or anything like that.
‘We’re in the Championship now anyway and I think the only way it would have mattered it we hadn’t progressed since that day.
‘Yes, we missed an opportunity that day, but now we’re here and that’s what counts.
‘If we were still stuck down there and we were playing Barnsley, then that might be different – but we’ve moved on for the better and the fact we’re only interested in three points and getting into the top six rather than revenge says it all.’
Swansea City Team News:
Martinez will be forced into making more changes to his side on Tuesday as Darren Pratley sits out to serve a one match ban.
Leon Britton returns though as he served his ban on Saturday.
Left back Fede Bessone is out with a hamstring injury so Aston Villa loanee Stephen O’Halloran will be hoping to have his chance to impress. Alternatively, Rangel could switch to left back and Tate could start on the opposite flank.
Andrea Orlandi, Marcos Painter and Ferrie Bodde are also still injured.
Player to watch: Leon Britton
Mr Consistent will have an important role to play in midfield and it’ll be a huge boost to have him return. Gomez is also a threat alongside him.
Barnsley Team News:
Barnsley will be without De Silva, Diego Leon, Rob Kozluk, Darren Moore and Martin Devaney.
Simon Whaley won’t be available as he returns to Preston following his loan spell.
Miguel Mostto returns from injury.
Player to watch: Jon Macken
Macken is the club’s top scorer with 5 goals. Barnsley paid Derby £100,000 for his services after impressing on loan last season. The 31 year-old attracted a £5m bid as Manchester City splashed the cash to Preston for his services in 2002.
Match Facts & Stats
Swansea’s last meeting at home with Barnsley was 3 years ago, we won 3-1 in front of 12,554 at the Liberty Stadium.
Barnsley have yet to score or win in the last 2 games, and are currently in 18th place.
Swansea are winning the head to head stats, with 30 wins compared to Barnsley’s 23, the two sides have drawn 11 times.
Despite a few injury problems and a suspension, Swansea should be strong enough to get back to winning ways at home. Swansea to win 2-1
Saturday 13th December
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