Preview | Swansea City v Huddersfield Town
Swansea City will look to build on the momentum of their stunning comeback at Luton and claim a first home league win of the season against Huddersfield this afternoon (3pm).
Russell Martin’s side have drawn their last three league games against Hull, Millwall and the Hatters, with the latter fixture seeing the Swans recover from being three goals down to secure a share of the spoils at Kenilworth Road.
The trio of performances have shown the character of Martin’s squad, as well as no little quality as they continue to adjust and adapt to a new way of playing under the former Norwich defender.
Signs of improvement have been clear to see, but the Swans boss will be keen to make sure a good performance is turned into a three-point haul against the Terriers.
Carlos Corberan’s side won on their last visit to SA1 last term, and have made a solid start to the new campaign as they sat seventh in the table before this weekend’s round of fixtures.
The Swans will have striker Michael Obafemi available to face the Terriers, with the former Southampton man having been cup-tied for the midweek Carabao Cup tie at Brighton.
There were no new injury concerns picked up on the south coast, meaning head coach Martin should have a fully-fit squad available again.
Russell Martin: “They are a team that are benefiting from spending quite a lot of time with the manager now, a lot of the work they have done is coming to fruition.
“They play with real intensity and aggression, so it will be interesting.
“We have watched a few of their games and they have the ability to vary things, they are willing to mix things up.
“So, it will be a good test, we have worked on them and watched them and we want to go in and put in a performance that builds on what we have done previously.
“But it’s about us. We are at home, so it’s about us, not the opposition. It’s about trying to control the game as much as possible and make sure we get the result we want.”
Carlos Corberan: "Our responsibility is to create a good response. We have to perform at the level we want to perform.
"When you have a full week you have enough time to move through different types of feelings. We've moved on from the more painful part of the week and the second part of the week we've cleared our minds and been concentrated on the opponent.
"Last season's results are now totally, totally in the past. Swansea have changed a lot and I expect a totally different game.
"The challenge for us is higher [because they have not won at home yet]. We've seen them play some good games and we know they have not had a long time or a full pre-season with their new head coach and are still getting to the level they want to achieve.
"But it's not all about Swansea, it's also about Huddersfield, and we've shown we can compete."
Remember the last time?
Swansea City’s unbeaten start to the Championship season came to an end as Huddersfield claimed the three points on their last visit to the Swansea.com Stadium.
The Swans had started the afternoon the far sharper and brighter of the sides, but were punished for a defensive lapse when Harry Toffolo put the Terriers ahead.
Andre Ayew – on his 100th Swansea appearance – levelled from the spot before the break, but Josh Koroma struck a second-half winner.
Prior to Koroma's goal, Ayew and Jamal Lowe had been unable to convert good chances, while the Swans also spurned opportunities during an opening half when they had been firmly on top.
3 – The Swans have drawn their last three league fixtures. They last did that over the final trio of games of the 2018-19 season.
Swansea last played out four draws in a row during the 2008-09 season, as part of a sequence of an incredible eight consecutive stalemates under Roberto Martinez.
225 – Kyle Naughton made his 225th Swansea appearance in the draw at Luton last weekend, the highest tally of any player currently in the first-team squad.