Swans And Bluebirds Go Through Final Plans Before Championship Season Kick-Off

Swansea City have yet to win in their pre-season campaign, but head coach Michael Duff is not suffering sleepless nights just yet.

With the big kick-off in the Championship campaign just over a week away, the Swans visit Reading on Saturday, having lost to both Oxford United and Bristol Rovers in their warm-up games.

The real action for Duff’s men starts on Saturday August 5, when Birmingham City come to the Swansea.Com Stadium and Duff insists: “It takes a long time to implement things.

“It’s about getting the players to understand what we want; where their first pass is, and where we want them to pass it.

“They are new ideas and different ideas, and so that is going to take time.

“It’s also about eradicating mistakes and poor goals, we want to concede fewer goals this season so it’s important we work to stamp those out.

“These matches are important from that perspective.”

The Swans’ neighbours, Cardiff City, also conclude their pre-season campaign this weekend when they visit Wycombe Wanderers on Saturday afternoon.

The Bluebirds have been far busier, with six warm-up fixtures for the new season, of which they have won three, lost two and drawn one.

Cardiff striker Callum Robinson has been re-united with his former West Brom teammate Karlan Grant after City took Grant on loan for this season and Robinson is enthused over the renewing of their partnership.

“I knew Karlan Grant from West Brom so I know his qualities, but I haven’t played with him for a while,” said Robinson.

“He has a lot of quality. He’s proven, he’s scored goals in the Championship, but he’s not just a goalscorer. He brings a lot to the game: 1v1s, running in behind, stretching it for us.

“There’s a lot of quality up in those forward areas now, and I’m looking forward to it. Hopefully we’ve got that fire power to get a lot of goals this season.”

Resting up this weekend – and preparing for more European action will be Haverfordwest County.

Manager Tony Pennock insists County have given themselves an excellent chance of progress in the Europa Conference League after a battling display in the Faroe Islands on Thursday.

Martell Taylor-Crossdale’s last-gasp goal breathed new life into County’s hopes for progress, even though they suffered a 2-1 first leg second qualifying round defeat against B36 Torshavn.

The result keeps the tie very much alive ahead of the return leg next week at the Cardiff City Stadium and Pennock said: “I’m extremely proud of the boys.

“When they believe in themselves, it’s amazing what they can achieve.

“We knew it was going to be tough. Torshavn are second in their league and halfway through their season, so anyone who thought this wasn’t going to be tough was miles off.

“We knew they were a good side, but we stuck to it and we have given ourselves a great chance for the second leg.

“That was a massive goal and they (Torshavn) had better be ready for the return leg in Cardiff. We’re going to have a real go like we did in the previous round and we’ll be ready for it.”