Preview | Swansea City v Millwall

15th September 2021
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Swansea City will look to build on a dominant weekend display and secure their first home league win of the season when they host Millwall tonight (7.45pm).

The benefit of extended working time on the training pitch was clear to see in the manner of performance from Russell Martin's side against Hull City last time out.

The frustration for the head coach was seeing his side not find the breakthrough goal to back up so many positive aspects of their play.

Nevertheless, as evidenced by the warm reception for the showing from the Swansea.com Stadium stands, there was no denying it was the big step forward Martin himself described it as in his post-match press conference.

Now, he will look for his side to add that finishing touch against a visiting Millwall side unbeaten in their last three matches in all competitions.

Gary Rowett's side underlined what they are capable of as they took two points off promotion favourites West Brom at The Hawthorns at the weekend.

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Rhys Williams.

Russell Martin looks set to have the same squad to choose from for the visit of the Lions, with defender Rhys Williams expected to shake off a knock picked up in his debut against Hull.

Midfielders Korey Smith and Liam Walsh are nearing returns from calf and hamstring injuries respectively, although this fixture comes too soon for them.

Pre-match views

 

Russell Martin

Russell Martin: “We are in the final third a lot, you saw that on Saturday, and now it’s about taking more risks and being comfortable at doing that.

“We had more passes in the final third than anyone in the league, and the most possession - now it’s about unlocking the door.

“There are times when you need to protect the ball and times when you need to take a risk. It’s not easy knowing when to do either, but that will come.

“I’ve lived this before, so have my coaching staff, and we know the pain we have to go through to get to where we want to be.

“The process can be painful and you have to be uncompromising – it was the same at my last club. I lost my first four games at MK Dons, but from day one it was about building. I was asked to build an identity and stay up – we did both.

“We are six weeks in here. It’s been tough but last Saturday gives us real excitement and hope.”

Gary Rowett: "I think we have bounced back from a poor start, if you look at the games, we have had a very tough start and we have played all of the top three.

"I'd like more points certainly, but in the last couple of games the team have shown a tremendous spirit and we are three unbeaten.

"We need to try and build on that as it's going to be another tough game on Wednesday, a very difficult game and that's the challenge that it throws up."

Remember the last time?

Ben Cabango

Jake Bidwell scored his first Swansea City goal and Ben Cabango netted the winner to make it three wins from four Championship games on Millwall's last visit to SA1.

Bidwell had opened the scoring just seconds into the second half with an intelligent far-post finish, only for that effort to be cancelled out by Tom Bradshaw’s left-footed effort.

But the hosts would not be denied, and Cabango was on hand to fire in a rebound with 22 minutes remaining to give the Swans the edge in a tight contest.

Prime numbers

Ben Hamer

4 - Swansea City have kept four clean sheets from eight games in all competitions this season, including Ben Hamer's first for the club against Hull.

8 - The Swans are undefeated in eight of their last 10 meetings with Millwall on home soil.

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