Behind Enemy Lines: Swansea City

MILLWALL will be aiming for their first league win since New Years’ Day when they head to the Liberty Stadium this weekend.

After the high of beating Everton in the FA Cup, Neil Harris’ side could only draw 0-0 with Rotherham last Saturday.

Graham Potter’s Swans are looking to complete a league double over Millwall after winning 2-1 at The Den in September with 10 men.



Lucas Ball spoke to Swans fan Amy Clement this week.

Twitter: @amyclement94

Why do you support Swansea?



Most of my family are from Swansea and therefore all support Swansea City. I have been brought up following them and as I’m growing up I’m getting more and more involved and passionate about the team.

My Dad is a die-hard Jack. His best friend’s dad even managed them for a while back in the day!

What’s been your favourite season following the Jacks?

The first season in the Premier League in 2011-12 was pretty awesome but the 2014-2015 season under Gary Monk was my favourite. We finished eighth. Even losing 5-0 at home to Chelsea was quite fun.

And the worst?

2017-2018. Getting relegated.

Chairman Huw Jenkins stepped down this week – did that have to happen for the club to start moving back in the right direction?

Many people wanted him out, many people also want the American owners out.

Huw Jenkins is largely responsible for all the transfer problems over the last few seasons and from a fans perspective we are selling and selling and selling and not reinvesting, halting the development of the club.

I don’t know the ins and outs of who is responsible for what (obviously) but I do think it’s a chance for a fresh start for Swansea. I hope that whoever comes in is able to give the club what they need and work well with the owners.

With the perceived lack of investment by the owners, is Graham Potter almost managing with one hand tied behind his back?

In a way. But he does already have a strong squad of players which he seems to be managing well.

He is bringing out solid performances from this side and working positively with what he has.

I think he works well with the players and coaching staff and I’ve seen some of the best football I’ve ever seen from Swansea this season. We are scoring goals and winning regularly which is always a bonus.

Also, he obviously loves the club and always comes over to the fans on away games and shows his respect and thanks. He shows a lot of passion for Swansea which is amazing for a fan.

After losing three first-team players in January and not replacing them, how does that bode for the rest of the season?

We are currently at 13th and have a fair amount of winnable games ahead. It would be great to finish in eighth. I think that’s achievable.

Having been one of just four sides to come to The Den and win in the league this season, what did you make of the Lions against a 10-man Swans side that day?

I seem to remember there were a few missed chances by you early on to secure your lead.

If Swansea are given time on the ball and space down the wing, they will create goals, even with 10 men.

Which of Potter’s men will Millwall have to keep their eye on?

I think after his rollercoaster of a week, Dan James will be fired up and ready to play, he has seemingly had a lot of support from Graham Potter and was rested at the weekend.

And Oli McBurnie, of course. H scores a lot of goals. He was the top scorer in the Championship in January, so watch out.

Similarly, which Lions players are you most worried about facing?

Anyone with the ability to set up or score a goal. Lee Gregory seems to be the one to look out for.

What are your thoughts on Neil Harris?

It’s great he has been with your club for so long, I think that consistency is vital.

I also read an article about his opinions on the business surrounding the transfer window, all of which I agree with, so I like him!

If you could sign one of his players, who would it be and why?

James Meredith. We need a left-back as Martin Olsson (my fave) is out for the season.

What’s your predicted starting XI and formation for Swansea?

4-2-3-1

Mulder; Naughton, van der Hoorn, Carter-Vickers, John; Fulton, Grimes; Dyer, Celina, James; McBurnie.

Will you be at the game?

Nope, I’m working, unfortunately. I’m sure it will be a good one and I’ll keep myself updated using the Swansea app!

Finally, what’s your score prediction?

2-1 Swans.

Graphic: @jay_taylor18

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