Date: 18th August 2006 at 2:11pm
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It’s not been the best of starts for the Swans as we are still in search of our first win of the new campaign after failing to do so in the first 3 games.

Doncaster provide another tough test for Kenny Jackett’s side as they visit the Liberty Stadium for tomorrow’s game.

Dave Penney’s side did the double over us last season, winning both matches 2-1 so hopefully we can avoid a repeat of that tomorrow.

Vital Quotes:

Kenny Jackett:

‘So far, we haven’t been poor and we haven’t been fantastic, we’ve been somewhere in the middle,’

‘The plus point is that we have created a lot of chances in every game, but in terms of our football and our defending, we haven’t been great.

‘We haven’t necessarily deserved to lose the games we have lost, but we must improve.

‘There’s a lot more to come from this squad and that fills me with hope that we can click into gear and put on the type of run that will get us up to the right end of the table.’


Dave Penney, Rovers boss:

‘ It’s true we haven’t reached the consistency I’ve been looking for yet, but we have twice as many points than what we did have this time last season, so I’m not too disappointed.’

Swansea Team News:

New arrival Dennis Lawrence looks set to make his debut tomorrow after joining this week for £75,000 from Wrexham.

Austin could join him in defence as he looks likely to replace Williams at left back. Williams has spent a few days this week in Romania with the Cyprus squad so Jackett may decide to rest him.

Jackett is likely to go back to a 4-4-2 formation after his new formation at Oldham last weekend just didn’t seem to work. There were mixed opinions amongst commentators, fans and reports afterwards as to whether it was a 4-3-3, 3-5-2 formation.

Andy Robinson signed a new contract this week but unfortunately he’s likely to miss the game as he’s struggling to return to full fitness.

Garry Monk is out for the long-term so Pratley looks set to continue his captain duties.

Leon Knight may be dropped to the bench in favour of Lee Trundle while Akinfenwa is hoping that a chest infection won’t prevent him for getting a place on the bench, at least.

Player to watch: Darren Pratley

Pratley, probably our most impressive player so far this season. Dominates the midfield and takes control there. Could well be a very important player for us this year.

Doncaster Team News:

Dave Penney also have a few injury and suspension problems. Gareth Roberts is serving a 2-match ban so Sean McDaid is likely to replace him in defence.

Kevin Horlock is out after having surgery on his knee so Antony Griffith and Paul Green compete for a starting place.

With Andy Warrington and Jan Budtz out injured, Alan Blayney will play in goal for Doncaster with replacement Ben Smith on the bench.

Former Swan Jason Price hopes to have earned himself a place against his former club after a good midweek performance at Everton.

Their front line is likely to consist of Paul Heffernan and Mark McCammon as Bruce Dyer is out with a toe injury.

Penney will also be without Graeme Lee (groin) and Di Piedi who awaits international clearance.

Player to watch: Jason Price

It’ll be interesting to see how Price gets on if he gets a starting place. He made an instant impact when he signed last season from Hull, and scored a few goals early on.

Match Facts & Stats

Doncaster are one of the favourites to go up this year and their chairman has demanded it. Like us though, they haven’t started the season as expected. They won 1, drawn 1 and lost 1 as they sit in 11th place.

The last time we beat Doncaster at home was 9 years ago in the old Division 3. We won 2-0. Since then, we played 6 times, we’ve won just 1 of them, lost 3 and drawn 2.

Match Prediction:

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With just 19 predictions from 54 registered members, the stats are:

Overall
Predictions: 19
Home: 15 (78.95%)
Away: 2 (10.53%)
Draw: 2 (10.53%)

Doncaster have proved to be a difficult side for us so it definately won’t be easy. We’re in for a tough game but I’m just hoping we can get a draw.

Next Fixtures:

Tuesday 22nd August
Wycombe Wanderers (h)
Carling Cup 1st Round