Date: 8th October 2007 at 12:01pm
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Swansea will go into the Johnston’s Paint Trophy 2nd Round match with Wycombe with the utmost confidence. In recent weeks there has been much criticism placed on the shoulders of Roberto Martinez and the Squad .

This criticism has impacted the squad with Defender Marcos Painter’s run in with a critical fan putting playing matters firmly on the agenda even further.

On the weekend they silenced those critics with a 5-0 win over Leyton Orient at the Matchroom Stadium.

The impressive result has been the stand out result of the season for the Liberty Stadium based outfit.

In contrast the visitors Wycombe Wanderers have had a less than consistent start to their League two campaign.

It has seen Paul Lambert’s Squad languishing just outside the Play off places in 8th place level on points with 7th placed Peterborough United.

Wycombe secured their passage to the after being given a bye into the 2nd round of the competition. Swansea had to work hard for their win against Milwall. The Lions took the lead twice with goals from Cox and Simpson; a 78 minute own goal from Zak Whitbread sealed the win for The Swans.

Former Swansea City midfeilder Tom Williams is also expected to feature for The Blues.

Vital Quotes:

Roberto Martinez:

“It’s a great opportunity for some of those players who haven’t been involved that much to show what they can do.”

If I’m honest, I’d like to play more of them because they are all good enough. But the rules, which I don’t agree with, won’t allow me to do so.”

“”They have made good acquisitions during the summer and I’m expecting a very hard game.”

Swansea City Team News:

Swansea will be without Alan Tate who is still not available for selection due to a Knee Fracture. Leon Britton and Andy Robinson are also unlikely due to hamstring injuries.

Darryl Duffy is a doubt after picking up a groin strain at Leeds and Darren Way and Owain Tudur Jones are not expected to feature.

Player to watch: Tom Butler

Thomas Butler has seen a resurgence of his Swansea City career in recent weeks. The Irishman was frozen out of the Squad at the start of the season due to the signing of Paul Anderson. His performances have warranted a starting place which will be very difficult to prise off of the midfeilder.

His pace and skill on the flank will cause Wycombe a whole host of problems if not dealt with correctly.

Wycombe Wanderers Team News:

Wycombe will be without talisman striker Jermaine Easter who is away on international duty with the Welsh international team.

Player to watch: Scott McGleish

Striker Scott McGleish will be the one to watch with 4 goals to his name this season will be a threat to Swansea.

The Former Northampton player is a very attack minded player and tops Wanderers shooting table. Swansea must contain his threat.

Match Facts & Stats

The Form Book(based on previous 5 results)
Swansea City

Wycombe Wanderers
Last result between Swansea and Wycombe.
August 22nd 2006 , Carling Cup 1st Round 3-2 win for Wycombe.

Ref Watch:

Refferee:P Melin
Linesmen:R G Vaughan and R H Smith

Fourth Official : A Williams
Mr Melin has officiated 7 games and has brandished 16 yellow cards and has sent of 6 players this season.

Match Prediction:

This clash will be a close affair with Swansea just coming out on top with a 3-1 score line.

Next Fixtures:

Coca Cola League One
FC Bournemouth vs Swansea City
Dean Court
4th October
Kick off:2.00

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