Being a stickler for such matters I have had a butchers at the law and discovered that doing damage to a mute swan is a moot point.
Whilst the Crown (the British monarch) retains the right to ownership of all unmarked mute swans in open water, the Queen only exercises her ownership on certain stretches of the Thames and its surrounding tributaries. That was until 1981. As native wild birds, swans enjoy statutory protection under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 and it is an offence to intentionally injure, take or kill a wild swan. So we gotta be gentle with ’em this afternoon.
And on the subject of going easy, today should see the return (to the bench at least) of Scotty Parker and the man himself, Benny.
The team is likely to a mix of the same gang we’ve been fielding with occasional variations so far this season. The real issue I guess is who to play upfront and it would make me happy if we played both Defoe and Ade. I worry about our power of concentration and wonder if attack might be the best form of defence until we have Moussa back to full fitness and see the return of Bale.
I’m not suggesting we played a containing game after going a goal up at Goodison, it wasn’t the case. But I am saying that we need to score more goals aside from any other blindingly obvious reasons it gives us a buffer against slip ups. The lack of a settled back four and a decent midfield are frequently stretching us to breaking point and so we can’t just act like that isn’t happening.
Azza Blud needs to put in a real shift today and by this I mean a shift that achieves. Not looking up and crossing to nobody is pointless. Siggy needs to find some space and start pulling a few strings alongside Moussa to create opportunities for whoever is in front of them. Walker needs to keep it simple.
Swansea have never won at The Lane. Let’s keep focused and keep it that way. Prediction? 3-1 to the Tottingham.