It's another tough and long away trip for Tranmere Rovers this week, as they once again make a ludicrously long journey on a Tuesday night, travelling to the depths of
The top team in League One,
Manager: Roberto Martinez
Nickname: The Swans/The Jacks
Season Finish 2006/07: 7th (Coca-Cola League One)
A 1-0 defeat against Swansea City in Coca-Cola League one back in November for Tranmere made it just one win in six home games for Tranmere as Ronnie Moore's side slipped to ninth in the League One table having topped it just seven weeks before hand.
Greenacre and Goodison hit golden chances over the bar for Tranmere in the second half before
The Jacks moved into fourth in the table with the win and since they have gone from strength to strength, leading the league table by eight points.
Tranmere are yet to score at the Liberty Stadium, although Jason McAteer did miss a penalty in the first ever match at the Liberty Stadium for Tranmere
Two games at the Liberty Stadium between these two sides have provided just one goal
Rovers are without a win in their last five games against
In twelve away trips to
These two sides tend to provide very few goals, with the 26 meetings between the two teams providing 27 goals per team
On This Day
2006: Tranmere get their first home win on a Saturday in over a year as they hammer Chesterfield 4-1, with Sam Aiston getting two of the goals for Brian Little's side
2001: Rovers lose their F.A. Cup Quarter Final clash at Prenton Park against Liverpool 4-2, although the game could have finished so differently after a handball by Marcus Babble in the Liverpool penalty went un-noticed by the referee and Liverpool were able to carry the ball down the other end and
immediately win a penalty, from which they netted their decisive fourth goal
1995: The "New"
From seventeen previous fixtures on March 11th, Tranmere have picked up eight wins and two draws as well as losing seven times. In these seventeen games they have scored 29 goals and conceded 24.
The Form Book:
Tranmere last 6 away games: LDDWWL
A defeat at the Liberty Stadium on Friday night halted what has been an absolutely superb few months for Roberto Martinez and
The Swans' six match sequence started with a win over relegation threatened Crewe Alexandra, as strikes from
Oldham Athletic then became the latest team to leave the Liberty Stadium as they were defeated 2-1 by Swansea, with Brandy netting an 85th minute winner for the home side, before Tranmere's promotion rivals Walsall were also defeated by a solitary goal in a 1-0 loss.
In the final match of their six match sequence,
Other impressive results on home soil for the Jacks this season include wins over Leeds United (3-2),
Notable away results for
Tranmere's recent push for the play-offs has been dented recently as they come into this tough fixture on the back of two consecutive defeats, with one of these coming away from home. However, they have had just one defeat in their last six matches on the road.
In the first match of their six match sequence, Tranmere lost 1-0 in an F.A. Cup third round replay at Edgar Street against League Two side Hereford United before turning their form around as Antony Kay scored an 87th minute winning header as Tranmere beat Millwall 1-0 at the New Den.
Rovers then impressively won 2-0 at
The next away match for Tranmere was at the Memorial Ground and Rovers drew 1-1 with Bristol Rovers despite having Steven Jennings sent off in the first half before defensive errors cost Tranmere dearly at
Other notable results on the road for Tranmere include wins against Carlisle United (1-0), Southend United (2-1) and
Tranmere have picked up 21 of an available 54 points away from home, thanks to five wins, six draws and seven defeats in their eighteen away games.
Impressive home results for Tranmere include wins over Carlisle United (2-0),
Two players to have represented both Tranmere and
If you go further back in time, you will find that current Tranmere Rovers youth team and reserve team manager Shaun Garnett played for both teams.
Born in Wallasey, the defender started his career with Rovers in the last 1980's and he was part of the successful Tranmere team managed by John King that made it all the way to Division One [now Coca-Cola Championship] and challenged for promotion to the Premier League.
Garnett stayed with Rovers for eight years and made over 140 appearances for the club, netting on six occasions, before making a £200,000 transfer to
However, Garnett was to be less of a success with the Welsh club. After seventeen appearances, he moved on to
One To Watch: Jason Scotland
Trinidad and Tobago
The departure of forward Lee Trundle to Bristol City in the summer left a big hole to fill upfront for Swansea City, but that is most certainly a hole that new front man Jason Scotland has filled.
The striker scored five times in his first nine games for United and in total netted ten goals in 60 games for the club before earning a move to St. Johnstone for an undisclosed fee in August 2005.
At St. Johnstone, Scotland's profile began to rise as in two seasons with the club, the tall, fast striker netted a highly impressive 42 goals in 81 games, including two hatricks for the club.
In May 2007, after two seasons with
The 29-year old wears the number nine shirt for Swansea, and as well as bringing goals to the side, his height and strength allow him to hold up the ball and win headers as he causes problems for defences through-out the division.
Around League One:
There is a full fixture list in Coca-Cola League One this Tuesday and Wednesday as many teams look to either kick-start their season or maintain good runs as they push for the play-offs over the remaining two months.
Tranmere's game against
A promotion game at Roots Hall sees Southend United take on Nottingham Forest, a game which Tranmere would most likely like to see Forest win as they bid to overtake Southend in the table, whilst Forest are now five points clear of Tranmere in fourth, certainly not out of Rovers' reach.
Leeds United, the team directly above Tranmere in the league table, are at home to Cheltenham Town, again a game you would expect Gary McAllister's side to win, whilst Walsall are at home to Brighton as they look to maintain, if not extend, the three point gap between themselves and Tranmere.
Carlisle United in third place take on second to bottom club
Steven Jennings sits out the final game of a three match ban for Tranmere after his sending off against Bristol Rovers a few weeks ago whilst this game has come just too soon for Chris Shuker who could make his comeback from a knee injury against
This is quite possibly the toughest fixture Tranmere will have all season. With
Swansea have a very strong side ad if Antony Kay misses out, Tranmere fans certainly won't trust either Shane Sherriff or Ben Chorley to mark Scotland whilst Andy Robinson will, as ever, be a threat on the wing. There is then
Tranmere must create more chances than they have done in their last two games if they want to win this fixture whilst if Ronnie Moore is hoping to make this a minimum-damage affair, Adnan Ahmed must replace John Mullin midfield as he is a much better player defensively and surely a more like for like replacement for Steven Jennings.
By no means have