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POYA ASBAGHI PREVIEWS SWANS CLASH

14 April 2022

The head coach looks ahead to Good Friday's meeting with Swansea City.

ON PLAYER AVAILABILITY

"Brad Collins is not doing so good right now, unfortunately, and there's a big question mark over whether he'll get back for the games that's left. I'd expect him to be ruled out for the remainder of the season sadly.

"But we have Jack Walton ready to take his opportunity. We know his qualities and this is nothing new for him. 

"On Michał Helik, there's a chance that he could return this season, but it won't be this Easter weekend, that's for sure. But after the Peterborough United game we'll make another evaluation.

"Cauley Woodrow is back in the squad. He could play in Swansea. Having him back, not just for what he brings to the team in terms of his ability, but also his presence and leadership in the dressing room, that's a big bonus for us going into these last six games. 

"Josh Benson returned to training but he's not likely to be involved just yet, and Aapo Halme will be out also this weekend. Whilst Jordan Williams, as we know, he's doing his rehab and will be looking towards next season."

ISAAC CHRISTIE-DAVIES

"He's a really good player on the ball, with the ball, very calm and has good decision making against the press. And he's been working really hard with us in training. 

"So in the last game I felt he deserved his chance to join the matchday squad, and it's about him taking his opportunity in future. He's what I'd describe as on the edge, in terms of making the squad or not. 

"He's got to be better in the duels, to improve himself physically. Because it's a tough division. But he's got the talent and the right attitude to be a good player."

MATTY WOLFE'S NEW DEAL

"He has impressed me a lot. He works hard, he is strong in the duels and can transport the ball in difficult situations. Matty doesn't care if he's playing Fulham or anyone else, he isn't fazed.

"For someone so young, he has a lot of the qualities to be really successful. And I like that when he's not been selected, he's back in training working just as hard, and he gets on with the work. 

"His trajectory is great, he can be as successful as he wants to be and to know that he's here with us until 2024 is great news."

ON THE DEFEAT AT MILLWALL

"It was a very disappointing performance, the second half in particular. We conceded three goals that were easily prevented. 

"It's about determination and winning your individual battles.

"We can't see that kind of effort again otherwise we've given up already. If we perform that way in Swansea, against a team who play as they do, we will be beaten just as badly."

SWANSEA CITY

"They're a very unique team in this league, there aren't many sides who play this way and we know we aren't going to beat them at possession, at keeping the ball. 

"But what we can do is work harder than they can to make sure that when we do have the ball, we punish them.

"And we have players with the talent to hurt them. But again, we must give 100% and if we get the win we need, then it can be perfect for us in terms of momentum, to hopefully give us a chance to keep our season alive."


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