By Ash Morris
A lot of fans would say play-offs were a must for Swansea City this season. With being so close in the previous two campaigns, after promotion in 2008, this was considered to be third time lucky. But with a club run on such a small budget, and considerably smaller compared with the other clubs in this league, also adding the fact that a third manager in as many years was brought in, I felt that at the start of this season, a mid table finish would be respectable for us. A few Swansea fans even forecast that we would be in the relegation dogfight, so to be fighting for automatic promotion is out of this world. The play-offs should be inevitable for us now, although nothing can be taken for granted in this league.
We are now at the business end of the league, can we remain with the others and push for promotion? Time will tell. We’ve shown what we can do against the bigger teams, so the Swans will fear no one in the play-offs.
Scott Sinclair – 20+ goals in all competitions this season just goes to show how much this guy is worth. Shadows were cast over Brendan Rogers’s statement regarding Sincalir coming to us. Was it true? Or was it another story. He arrived, and did he arrive in style. Already a firm favourite with the fans and I’m sure I speak on behalf of all Jacks when I say that he is a true Swansea legend – After just one season. Without his goals, where would the Swans be. Named in the PFA team of the season, and scored possibly the goal of the season against Forrest.
Dorus De Vries – What can be said about this guy. Only 11 goals conceded so far at home this season, better than every other goalkeeper in the league. During the season, he has amazed a packed Liberty stadium with some of his saves that have kept us in games. I feel Dorus is the best goalkeeper in this league and was unlucky not to be named in the PFA team of the year.
Dobbie – A new release of life in his newly adopted role. Eyebrows were raised last year when Sousa let him go out on loan to rivals Blackpool, and many Swans fans were relieved to have him back. Put into a plkaymaker role by Buck, agan, eyebrows raised, was pulled off instantly. He twists and turns and sees passes no other player does. As well as Sinclair, its down to him that we are where we are. Although not able to see out a full game, the time he does play, you will see the best out of the Swans. He has been the heart of the club this season, and I hope he stays for a long time.
Hmmm. One look at the table shows this. 2nd, down to fifth. 4 away defeats on the trot, not the form of potential promotion candidates. Strange considering we have recently swept aside Norwich, Forrest and Leeds. Very hot and cold with the Swans but that’s the way it has always been. Hopefully the two remaining home games, we can put to bed and try and get a result at the two away games.