DANNY Wilson is determined to dethrone another League One leader in South Wales today as high-flying Hartlepool attempt to shock Swansea.
But, having lost leading scorer Ian Moore to an ill-timed suspension, Wilson’s side will have their work cut out against the division’s form team.
Hartlepool – who would join Swansea on 20 points with a win this afternoon – beat table-topping Leyton Orient at Brisbane Road last month and the visitors are determined to repeat the feat.
“This week it’s Swansea who are top – it was Orient when we went there,” said a manager who is paying little attention to league positions as he attempts to keep his team in the hunt for promotion. “Next week it might be them or it might be us. That is what this division is like. Swansea are top at the moment, but it could change each week. This is such a tight division – we just have to concentrate on the game.”
Having won their last four fixtures, Swansea have established themselves as League One’s outstanding side in recent weeks and Wilson knows his team face a considerable challenge.
“Swansea have invested big to win promotion to the promised land, the Championship, and the players who have been brought in are good players,” said the Victoria Park boss last night. “This will be a difficult test for us. We want to produce good football and entertain our fans, but the main thing we want to do is win the game. I would take being battered for 90 minutes and winning 1-0.”
Moore misses out after five bookings and the striker’s absence will come as a major setback for the visitors.
Danny Livesey will lead Carlisle United out against Gillingham today confidently predicting the Cumbrians will be one of the sides involved in the promotion race this season.
Carlisle have a slight chance of going top – if they beat the Gills and all five teams above them lose – after the 2-1 defeat at Yeovil last weekend. But Livesey, who is captain in the injury absence of ex-Sunderland midfielder Paul Thirlwell, is adamant they should be regarded among the promotion favourites. He said: “Even to be talking about going top of the league shows how far we’ve come – and the ambition is there at the club.”
Manager John Ward could change things after the Yeovil reverse with Joe Garner expected to return after a one-game ban. On-loan Preston midfielder Joe Anyinsah is also pressing after showing well as a sub at Huish Park.