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Swansea City 1 v 0 Rotherham United
SkyBet Championship
Saturday, 21st November 2020 Kick-off 15:00
Swansea City v Rotherham United Pre Match : Latest Swans Scottish target
Friday, 20th Nov 2020 17:59 by Steph Thomas and Keith Haynes

Ryan Manning intends to put the record straight on Saturday if he gets the chance to get on the pitch against his old club Rotherham United. Having scored two of what he describes as the softest penalties ever given in his experience in a 2-1 Rotherham win last season he is aware he won few friends in Swansea after that game.

In an interview today Ryan Manning made it clear he remembers that game so well back in November 2018. “I know I have got a lot of making up to do to the Swansea fans,” he said. “I came on at half-time in the game for Rotherham and Swansea were absolutely battering us. It was 1-0, but it could have been a lot more. “I’ve no idea how there was only a goal in it and, somehow, we got two of the softest penalties I have ever seen given and I managed to score them both and Rotherham nicked it. “The QPR game was my first one after John Eustace had taken over. We’d had a difficult time and we went out there just trying to get some sort of results. All of a sudden, you get 10 minutes in, and we are 2-0 up, and it’s 3-0 after about 20 minutes. “We were sitting there at half-time wondering what had happened! Like I say, there’s a bit of making up to do with the Swansea fans, but I promise I’ll be doing my best to make sure the results are in our favour and make sure their memories of me are positive ones of me playing for their club."

Swans manager Steve Cooper admittedly with mixed feelings after a two week break see’s his squad back together for only two days. All this whilst Rotherham have had all their players intact and in training together solidly for the international break. Both Andre Ayew and Marc Guehi are doubts as a result of their selection for their countries Ghana and England respectively, putting mounting pressure on his squad. If Guehi is a doubt then the good news is Ben Cabango is back in training and Kyle Naughton seems to be over his injury at Norwich City.

Cooper stated “The biggest challenge is to try and be as consistent as you can, and to do that you have got to be looking forward and being positive. “You’ve got to look forward, otherwise you just get caught up in stuff that doesn’t affect the next game. “We’re continuing to do that and we’ll see where it takes us. “I’ve watched a lot of their games. Even the games they’ve not won, they’ve been really competitive,”. Some things have not gone their way. I looked at them against Norwich, and they went 1-0 up and it could’ve been two or three. They’ve picked up some good points already so we know it’s a game we will need to have ourselves ready for.”

Rotherham manager Paul Warne believes his side have nothing to be concerned about when his side visit the Liberty and believes they can get all three points. That remains to be seen but the millers have been unlucky in their travels this season and were the better side against Norwich City for sure.

Cooper on the other hand will have to make some late decisions on his defensive make up with Connor Roberts certain to start with Naughton and Bidwell, it’s two from the three remaining if Guehi is out.

In other news Brandon Cooper is the EFL young player of the month, on loan at Newport County from the swans he has progressed extremely well over the time of his loan spell with some rave reviews. Well done Brandon.

And finally Declan Gallagher of Motherwell has been on the swans radar for some time, but premier league sides WBA and Sheffield United are also interested in his signature. Having been sentenced to three years in prison in 2015 for fracturing the skull of a chef with a baseball bat Gallagher seems to have turned his career round since his release and has been selected for Scotland.


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