HAVING been made to suffer from the stands by Carlisle United on Saturday, Swansea’s Marcos Painter is hoping for the chance to take his frustration out on the Cumbrians this evening.
The left-back has missed the last five matches with a hamstring injury, but the weekend match was the most painful experience for him because of the dramatic turnaround in fortunes.
With six minutes left to full time on Saturday, Swansea were heading for only a third win in nine matches over relegation-threatened Bournemouth, while second-placed Carlisle were drawing and third-placed Doncaster Rovers losing.
But Paul Green’s equaliser at Huddersfield, Scott Dobie’s 90th-minute winner for the Cumbrians and two injury-time goals for Bournemouth totally changed the mood.
“It was a strange feeling,” admitted Painter, who has been declared fit for tonight. “I could see the scores as they were coming in with 10 minutes to go.
“That was frustrating enough as Carlisle and Doncaster scored late on. But you could see our fans starting to celebrate with a minute to go, only for a lapse in concentration to turn the mood on its head.
“Hopefully we can put that right against Carlisle. We’ve bounced back before and I don’t see why we can’t do it again.”
Swansea’s Spanish player-manager Roberto Martinez was equally taken aback by events.
“It was unthinkable that we would lose going into the last couple of minutes,” he said. “There was only one team looking like they were going to drop three points and then all of a sudden they had all three.
“From what I understand, exactly the same thing happened at Brunton Park. Everything looked to be going one way and then all of a sudden everything changed.”
While Painter fully expects the Swans to win promotion, he is not under-estimating the scale of the task facing them at Brunton Park tonight.
“It’s not going to be easy,” he said. “Carlisle have a great home record and they wouldn’t be where they are if they were a bad side.
“From what everyone tells me, Swansea always do things the hard way. But as far as I’m concerned it’s a case of when, not if.”