Rodgers ready for in-form Norwich City to gun for a win
PUBLISHED: 07:30 09 April 2011
Swansea City manager Brendan Rodgers expects all-out attack from promotion rivals Norwich City in tonight’s televised Championship match.
The Swans, fourth in the table this morning, know that a win at the Liberty Stadium would leave them just one point behind the Canaries with six games to go and put them right back in the race for automatic promotion, while defeat would leave them staring at a possible play-off campaign.
A draw would not be a bad result for Paul Lambert’s men, but Rodgers believes they will come out in search of victory.
“Their system is different from ours, but the ideology is very similar. They try to pass the ball and they are not happy just kicking it forward,” he said.
“Like us they want to play good, attacking football, so it should be a very good game.
“Norwich, like ourselves, have shown over the season they are a very good side. They have a terrific fan base, good players and a terrific manager.
“They have players who want to defend, and they have clever players on the ball and, like us, they have brought in good young players like (Daniel) Pacheco.”
Although the game is being televised by Sky Sports, Swansea are hoping for a crowd of more than 19,000, with 2,000 City fans making the journey.
“The supporters can play a massive role for us,” Rodgers said. “They’ve been phenomenal in the games where we’ve needed them. The players feed off them when they are at their best.”
Rodgers faces one of the toughest selection decisions of the season. As the Swans seek a first clean sheet in six matches, one of their defensive stalwarts, probably Alan Tate, is set to miss out.
Rodgers is poised to reinstate Angel Rangel at right-back after he sat out the 2-1 defeat at Preston because of sickness.
The manager has already indicated that Garry Monk and Ashley Williams will play when available and, with Neil Taylor prospering at left-back, the dependable Tate looks like being the unlucky one.
“Defensively we haven’t been as strong recently as we can be,” said Rodgers. “It’s not rocket science. We have missed opportunities, we have lost too many games away from home, and that’s because we haven’t defended as well as a team.
“Angel is fine, and he has been outstanding for us this season, particularly at home.
“We might have to leave someone out and that is something I will discuss with my staff. But the most important thing is the team, not the individual. I will make the decision for the benefit of the team.”
Striker Stephen Dobbie is set to be recalled after a back problem, with Darren Pratley the man likely to miss out.
Swansea City: (likely side) De Vries; Rangel, Monk, Williams, Taylor; Dyer, Allen, Gower, Sinclair; Dobbie; Borini. Subs from: Ma-Kalambay, Tate, Pratley, Britton, Van der Gun, Orlandi, Moore, Priskin.
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