|Swansea City 0 v 1 Preston North End|
Monday, 5th April 2021 Kick-off 15:00
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Sunday, 4th Apr 2021 13:07 by Keith Haynes
The swans return to action after what has been described as one of the worst displays for a number of seasons at St Andrews, Birmingham on Friday evening. The 1-0 loss opened up so much discussion on Steve a cooper, it almost became as embarrassing as the performance it self.
Three losses on the bounce, something rarely witnessed by swans fans, even during their Premier League hiatus it wasn’t something that occurred that often. We have delved deep in to that last loss, and much has been said, but it has to be water under the bridge. There is no way this side can be as bad as it has been in recent times. However, on Friday it was so gutless, so toothless it’s very hard to focus in now on the home game against Preston.
The omission of Morgan Whittaker isn’t making any sense at all to the majority of swans fans, a player who against Cardiff had more efforts at goal than Jamal Lowe had conjured up in a month. A player with hunger and desire with a clear knack of being in the right position at the right time has been evident on the few occasions we have seen him. His goal against Manchester City was significant proof, his effort and desire against Cardiff confirmed this. On another day he would have had a hatrick.
So why is he being ignored ?
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Despite the horrendous game in Birmingham many PNE fans think they will lose this game. It has become a feature of the fixture in recent times. The swans definitely hold the majority of wins. PNE haven’t won in Swansea since 1961. And that’s a lot of games ago.
Preston North End interim head coach Frankie McAvoy believes the Lilywhites will cut out the problems Norwich City caused them for the remaining games of the season when they take on Swansea City. McAvoy had his first match in temporary charge of PNE on Good Friday at Deepdale against the Canaries. “Let’s concentrate on the here and now; let’s look at the squad of players to make sure we assess everyone that played against Norwich and get the right team, the right personnel and the right shape on the pitch. It has to be the same message. We were very mindful of Norwich – they are a good team – and I thought the best way to create opportunities was the way we set up. On reflection, they caused us problems when they broke the first part of the press, so I need to look at what’s the best way going forward for each of the games."
Brad Pott’s scored the equaliser against Norwich on Friday. “We’re a close group anyway and things haven’t been going our way recently. So I think just for the club really and for the fans and the players, it was vital that we didn’t lose today. There’s probably no better way than scoring a last-minute goal because obviously all the emotions come out even more I’d say and yeah, the lads are delighted to get a point in the end.” The game looked to be over when Tim Krul gathered a looping deflection in the fourth minute of added time, but the team kept going and found time for one last attack. “To be honest after that, I thought the ref was going to blow his whistle. But [I’m] just thankful for another attack and I think it was a great ball from Leds (Ryan Ledson) and yeah it’s just one of them, if you don’t shoot you don’t score so delighted for it to go in.
Preston will come to Swansea brimming with confidence after holding Norwich to a draw.
Steve Cooper - We have to go for it
After the defeat on Friday Cooper remained as positive as his demeanour would allow. It’s three losses and three without a goal, but we’ve got to not lose confidence or start questioning,” said the Swans boss. The more points you drop now, it will get tougher and tougher as there’s less games to play. The three points become more and more important now, and we’re well aware of that. We are disappointed with this result, but we’ve got to make sure we draw a line under it and get ready for the next one. We have got to start working harder and prepare for Monday.”
There are a few doubts, Guehi and his ‘injury’ seems fine. Naughton, Bennett, Cabango, Bidwell and Roberts all seem okay too, although Bidwell’s recent form has been questionable to say the least. The midfield will see Conor Hourihane available for selection and as we have already stated the top two will most certainly be Ayew and Lowe, but we can only pray this Easter Whittaker is allowed to make an impact.
The swans are now fourth in the league only six points ahead of sixth spot. Brentford gained a point on Saturday away at Huddersfield putting them ahead of the swans on goal difference. This awful run of form has to stop, the swans are still favourites to reach the play offs out of all the teams below them, let’s hope that is cemented even more so after a win at home on Monday afternoon.
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