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17th October 2003 
Swansea City
At the Vetch Field
18/10/03 3:00pm
Our last game against a pace setter in this league saw us getting thrashed 6-1 at Hull City a couple of weeks ago and we haven't really recovered from that game yet.  We now come up against Swansea City, the only other club to continually turn in good results week in week out and unless something positive happens at Aggborough soon we could be in for another hammering.

The only thing in our favour for this game is that Lee Trundle is out injured.

He was bought in from promoted Wrexham at the end of last season and has been a scoring machine for City since then scoring twelve times in thirteen games.  Some scoring ratio.

Thank God he damaged the ligaments in his knee against Orient last week and will be out for up to three weeks.

Last season's top scorer, James Thomas, will also be missing through injury along with Leon Hylton, Roberto Martinez, Kieran Durkan and Stuart Jones.

Out serving a three match ban will be Richard Duffy.

This injury list will leave manager, Brian Flynn, with just one recognised striker, Kevin Nugent, on his books.  That's about the same as us then!

Swansea also have a very good player called Britton.  Leon Britton is a midfielder who has become a firm crowd favourite at the Vetch but with a bit of luck could find himself getting a bit confused when the Harriers fans start calling for him to go.

Our injury situation has suddenly taken a turn for the worse.  After weeks of being injury free we now find ourselves without Bo Henriksen.

Bo never re-appeared for the second half against Southend and is now believed to have gone back to Denmark for a few weeks.  A break could do him good because he's not the player he was last season.

JJ Melligan limped out of Tuesday nights game at Loftus Road and the fears were that he had got a hamstring injury but that doesn't appear to be the case anymore and he should be fit for tomorrow.

Rumour has it that a bit of a protest is planned for Saturday but I can't really see what good it will do.  The board have obviously given Brit a vote of confidence by allowing him to bring in some more new players but there's no reason why this proposed new crop will be any better than the ones he bought in a few weeks ago.

Then he bought in Adam Murray and Lloyd Dyer from Derby and Albion.  Murray has gone back to Derby after being admitted into a clinic for tiredness, allegedly, and Dyer decided he'd be better served by going back to his club where he'd feel more appreciated.

The only one that Brit has bought in and has actually stayed is Robert Betts but not many people have seen him play.  He's there but he's hard to find.

We should have been having three new players, including a striker, but that seems to have fallen through.  We have Wayne Hatswell to get excited about now he's signed from Chester.  How long will that last.

I'm sorry Brit but I've lost faith in you too.


Harriers from:
Brock, Danby, Stamps, Gadsby, Ayres, Hatswell, Coleman, Willis, A Smith, Hinton, D Williams, Parrish, Bennett, Betts, Ward, Melligan, Shilton, J Williams, Lewis.

Swansea from:
Freestone, Murphy, Howard, Iriekpen, Jenkins, O'Leary, J Smith, Britton, Coates, Connolly, Corbisiero, Johnrose, R Jones, Maylett, Wilson, Nugent, Pritchard, Rewbury, Robinson.
Previous games against Swansea
Harriers score first
2002 - 03
2 - 2
4 - 0
2001 - 02
0 - 2
1 - 2
2000 - 01

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