Match Day Thread Millwall v Swansea City

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  1. Taffvalerowdy

    Taffvalerowdy Well-Known Member

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    Millwall v Swansea City

    Competition - Sky Bet Championship
    Venue - The New Den
    Date - 10 April 2021
    Kick off - 12:30

    Following their 0-1 defeat at home against Preston, (the 4th consecutive defeat and the 4th consecutive game without a goal) next up for Steve Cooper’s shot shy Swans is a visit to in form Millwall - literally entering the Lions’ Den.....

    On Easter Monday, the Swans’ increasingly faltering bid for automatic promotion was dealt yet another blow as they conceded an added-time goal to lose at home to Preston.

    Preston controlled a first half of little quality, with Brad Potts twice going close.

    The second period was also scrappy, Preston substitute Scott Sinclair heading over against his former club.

    Sinclair had another chance in injury time, and this time his shot was turned into his own net by Matt Grimes - capping a miserable performance by the Swans’ skipper: in fairness, Grimes was not alone in that respect.

    Indeed, the Swans failed to register a single shot on target. As a consequence, the Swans are now 10 points adrift of second-placed Watford, and are far from being assured of a play-off spot with Bournemouth lurking in seventh place just four points behind.

    Earlier the same day, Millwall kept alive their faint play-off challenge with a third straight win to all but end Stoke's hopes of a top-six finish.

    Murray Wallace poked the Lions ahead from a scramble after Jake Cooper turned Jed Wallace's far-post corner back into the box.

    City soon levelled as Nick Powell's raking pass found Steven Fletcher who cut the ball back for Jacob Brown to squeeze a low shot under goalkeeper Bart Bialkowski.

    Danny Batth's poor challenge allowed Jed Wallace to skip past, draw keeper Adam Davies and square a pass for Mason Bennett to slot into an empty net.

    A 10th away league win of the campaign moved Millwall up to ninth, and kept the gap to sixth-placed Reading at eight points with six games left.

    The Swans have played Millwall on 51 previous occasions, winning 21, losing 19 and drawing 11.

    In the corresponding fixture last season, the teams drew 1-1, with a Rhian Brewster free-kick, which went in via goalkeeper Bartosz Białkowski, earning Swansea a point after falling behind:



    Turning to Saturday - the match is the early kick off on Sky Sports - Millwall will be really fancying their chances of picking up the 3 points to maintain their outside challenge for a play off spot. Indeed, they may (rightly ?) feel that the Swans are team most likely to fall out of the current Top 6 and ‘do a Forest’....

    On the other hand, Cooper and his squad must realise that they have to get the show back on the road and return to South Wales with at least a point, otherwise expectation (of a play off spot) which has now turned to hope will start to mutate to desperation.

    Personally, I think that confidence is shot, the players are out of form and Cooper’s Managerial inexperience and (in)actions suggest he is at a loss as to how to turn things around.

    Nevertheless, more through hope than judgement, I think that the Swans will draw 1-1 <cheers>
     
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  2. neveroffsidereff

    neveroffsidereff Well-Known Member

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    Excellent write up again Taff. Let’s hope Cooper makes a formation decision and actually trains the players on how to play said system. We need to get a win to build some confidence in the team for the run in. So I’m going with my final optimistic week of 1-2 Swans, if it’s another loss, then it’s curtains for us.
     
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  3. swantastic

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    A hopeful 1-1 again
     
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    Thanks Taff for your continued excellent pre match write ups.

    Again I have no idea on a result in this one.So,just hoping for a good performance and a win.
    Having said that I am not and have no intention of holding my breath on that.
     
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    Cooper out
    Howe in
     
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  6. azzuriswan

    azzuriswan Well-Known Member

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    Thanks yet again Taff.....after last weekends dismal performances my cup is now very much nearly empty. What beggars belief in the players and the manager is the fact that up to and including the Norwich match we were competing with and beating all comers and scoring goals. Something se3ms very wrong behind the scenes and we need to sort it out urgently otherwise forget the play offs. Still hoping for a shock goal or two and a Swans win
     
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  7. glamexile

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    Thanks Taff's. I really can't see us getting more than a point but we can't keep on playing in the aimless way we have been ' can we! So to hell with it let's go for a 2-1 win.
     
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  8. daimungeezer

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    We literally need a miracle to suddenly start playing well out of nowhere. 2 - 0.
     
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  9. Matthew Bound Still Lurks

    Matthew Bound Still Lurks Well-Known Member

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    I'm normally positive but atm I can't see where we're going to win our next point , the last few games pre match media chat by the players was blah blah blah , with no improvement on the pitch , I can't see that changing so its a loss away I'm afraid
     
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  10. Taffvalerowdy

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    Why doesn’t the Club investigate the possibility of signing a striker? We could sign an unattached player - yes, I understand that there must be a reason why someone is currently unattached but what do we have to lose?

    Bloody hell, I’d even consider signing Bony or Trunds: they both know where the net is and if Cooper persists in playing his subs for no longer than 10 mins, then fitness won’t be an issue <laugh>
     
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  11. neveroffsidereff

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    I might be able to last 10 mins. The wife might disagree. :)
     
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  12. Taffvalerowdy

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    <laugh><laugh><laugh>
     
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  13. daimungeezer

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    At least you're getting on for 10 minutes.... I'm not even on the subs bench <laugh>
     
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  14. Matthew Bound Still Lurks

    Matthew Bound Still Lurks Well-Known Member

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    I assume they were willing to pay the wages of the two yanks ( a disaster if ever there was one) so why not , the rewards must outweigh the risk even if ( I hope not ) it was Bony although I'd have Trundle if I had the choice
     
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  15. Taffvalerowdy

    Taffvalerowdy Well-Known Member

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    Brilliant <laugh><laugh><laugh>
     
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  16. glamexile

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    I hope she doesn't try and pull you off at half time <laugh>
     
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  17. Taffvalerowdy

    Taffvalerowdy Well-Known Member

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    Come again? <whistle>
     
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  18. Taffvalerowdy

    Taffvalerowdy Well-Known Member

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    They normally toss up before the game starts ..... <whistle>
     
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  19. azzuriswan

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    The problem with Trundle or Bony is that they need service in the box which is a rare commodity for us at the moment
     
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  20. Taffvalerowdy

    Taffvalerowdy Well-Known Member

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    I know what you are saying but I feel that part of the problem is that we don’t have a target man who could act as an outlet and hold the ball up - plus, as I wrote previously, the lack of a flair player like Celina only serves to accentuate the problem <cheers>
     
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