Date: 9th March 2008 at 4:21pm
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Two defensive mistakes cost Swansea City a record breaking 19 game unbeaten League run on Friday evening; as former manager Kenny Jackett’s 18th placed Millwall earned a shock 2-1 win. It saw Swansea’s lead at the top of League One cut to 8 points as Doncaster Rovers and United secured wins over Port Vale and Brighton respectively to kept the pressure on Roberto Martinez’s side; and in turn turned the race for the automatic spots into a 3 horse race.

In truth Swansea’s home form has been pivotal to the lofty ambitions of the South Wales club. Gone are the run away results seen against Cheltenham Town and Southend United at the tail end of last year and results grinned out in the push for the Championship. Before going into a hectic three game away schedule.

Roberto Martinez’s squad face 8th placed Tranmere Rovers on Tuesday evening in the hope of securing another three points. Ronnie Moore’s side were dealt a blow to their play off hopes following a 3-1 loss to Oldham Athletic on the weekend. The Prenton Park based club have a respectable away form record and will prove a stern test for Swansea City.

Vital Quotes:

Pre Match Bulid up to follow…

Swansea City Team News:

Garry Monk is a doubt after struggling to overcome a back spasm.

Defenders Dennis Lawrence and Marcos Painter are ruled out of the fixture through injury. Lawrence has not featured since the 2-2 draw against Crewe on the 9th February. Physio Richie Evans has indicated that the Trinidad and Tobago international has a chance of featuring against Northampton on Saturday.

Painter however is a few weeks of fitness along with winger Paul Anderson who suffered a injury setback which has put him a further 3 weeks behind in his recovery from a hamstring injury.

Andrea Orlandi is not to far behind as he continues his rehabilitation from a Knee injury sustained in the Johnstones Paint trophy semi final win against Brighton.

Player to watch: Thomas Butler

Premier Butler

Heralded in recent weeks as a “Premiership class player” .by manager Roberto Martinez , Irishman Thomas Butler has been in a fine vain of form.

Highly influential the winger has been one of the most consistent performers over the clubs 18 game unbeaten league run and has notched up 6 goals so far this term.His mazy runs and drive will prove a handful for Defenders Robbie Stockdale and Ben Chorley.

Tranmere Rovers Team News:

Midfeilder Steve Jennings will serve his last of a three match ban and is firmly out of the fixture.

Whilst fellow midfielder Chris Shuker striker Steve Davies could miss out.

More news to come…

Player to watch: Chris Greenacre

The Rovers Hot Shot

Tranmere Rovers top goal scorer Chris Greenacre has been a consistent goal threat since the striker joined Rovers in the 2005/06 season.

His 9 goals this season have marked him as the Merseyside based outfit’s top scorers chart. Greenacre was dropped to the bench in the 3-1 loss to Oldham Athletic on Saturday but made an appearance as a second half substitute.

Match Facts & Stats

The Form Book(based on previous 5 results)

Swansea City


Tranmere Rovers

Ref Watch:

Referee:Jarnail Singh

Assistant Officials:B J Malone and L Swabey

Fourth Official : R G Vaughan

Jarnail Singh has officiated 26 games including two of Swansea City’s cup games against Walsall and Brighton.

The Middlesex official has a strong disciplinary record brandishing 80 yellow cards and dismissing 2 players.

Match Prediction:

Swansea Vital predicts a 2-1 win for Swansea City.

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Next Fixtures:

Northampton Town Vs Swansea City
Coca Cola League One
15th March
3.00pm KO