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Brendan Rodgers' Swansea City will be making the long journey from South Wales to Carrow Road full of confidence after beating Stoke at the Liberty Stadium in their last outing. Picture: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images
Friday, October 7, 2011
I think it shows how far City have come under the leadership of Paul Lambert when everyone who attended the game at Old Trafford came away bitterly disappointed at losing the game 2-0.
Not many sides will go to the home of the champions and create the amount of chances the Canaries did on Saturday.
It was another assured performance by the lads and the only disappointment was that they didn’t take one of the chances that fell their way.
The best presented itself to Anthony Pilkington when he found himself through on goal with only the ’keeper to beat, but his shot went agonisingly past the post.
I have a few good friends who live in Huddersfield from the time I played there in the early 90s and when the club signed Anthony in the summer I asked a couple of them what he was like.
The answer was “he’s a top player who is capable of playing at the highest level”.
He was the Terriers’ best player by far over the past two seasons and I’m sure given that chance again he would tuck it away nine times out of 10.
It is international week again; boy, they seem to come around very quickly these days.
Swansea will be the visitors a week tomorrow and will provide a stern test for us. They haven’t had the best of fortune in their first three away games in the Premier League. They’ve lost all three and haven’t found the back of the net yet, but in all fairness they have faced Manchester City, Arsenal and Chelsea.
However, Brendan Rodgers and his lads will be making the long journey from South Wales full of confidence after beating Stoke at the Liberty Stadium in their last outing. I didn’t play against the Swans on many occasions, but I do remember scoring against them at Carrow Road in a League Cup tie back in the late 90s.
The game had just gone into extra time, having finished goalless, but within seconds of coming on as a substitute I planted a firm header past my good friend, Roger Freestone who was in goal for Swansea that night.
Both teams have made a good start to the season. Each has eight points and they sit a very respectable ninth and 10th in the table. It promises to be a great game as both teams play the game the right way, and if Norwich are going to win they are going to have to keep Scott Sinclair and Nathan Dyer very quiet, a task which is easier said than done.
Both have bags of pace, creating plenty of chances and scoring important goals. The thing that really impresses me about the two, however, is their incredible work rate.
I’m off to do a bit of packing as I’m away for a few days.
Tonight I will be at the Liberty Stadium as Wales play Switzerland, and we fly out on Monday morning to Sofia as Wales face Bulgaria in the last game of our qualifying campaign.
I’ve got a game at Llanelli tomorrow, finishing with Hayes v Wrexham on Sunday.
I will be clocking the mileage up over the next few days, but at least I won’t have too far to travel on October 15.