SWANSEA might have missed out on Wembley – but they don’t intend a place in the Championship to slip away.
Roberto Martinez’s men, who lost their Johnstone Paints Trophy Southern final clash with MK Dons on Monday on penalties, are 12 points clear at the top of League I.
And they arrive at the Galpharm tomorrow aiming to equal a club record of 18 league games without defeat.
The Welsh side, who thanks to popular former player Martinez, have some Spanish flair, will also have revenge in mind.
That’s because the last team to beat them in the league were Town, who won at the Liberty Stadium through Malvin Kamara’s goal on a Friday night back in mid-November.
Since then, they have chalked up 14 wins and three draws, beating Walsall, Port Vale and Luton in their last three league outings.
They aim for another three-point haul tomorrow, with midfielder Darren Pratley confirming: “We have to bounce back after Monday.
“We wanted to go to Wembley. You don’t get many chances to play there in your career and it would have been a great day out for the club.
“After giving away one sloppy goal in the first leg, we got to within a penalty shoot-out of getting there.
“But it’s gone now. Wembley’s over and we have to concentrate on our game at Huddersfield.
"The league’s the real business for us this season.”
Martinez, who has just passed the first anniversary of his appointment as Swansea manager, has a few injury problems to contend with.
Defenders Marcos Painter and Dennis Lawrence, midfielders Andrea Orlandi and Owain Tudur-Jones and striker Guillem Bauza are all sidelined.
But on the plus side for Swansea, midfielders Leon Britton (calf) and Ferrie Bodde (shoulder) should both be available after missing the MK game.
And on-loan Liverpool wideman Paul Anderson is being primed for a return just over a month after injuring his hamstring in the goalless draw at Nottingham Forest.
Martinez also has Manchester United striker Fabian Brandy on line, with the 17-year-old chasing a third goal for the Swans tomorrow.
He has some way to go to catch Trinidad and Tobago international Jason Scotland, who heads the club scoring chart with 20.
Scotland was a close-season target of Town boss Andy Ritchie.
He has also played alongside Town goalkeeper Matt Glennon at St Johnstone.
“He’s a big strong lad, and when he’s on song, he’s hard to stop,” said Glennon of the 29-year-old.
Town’s approach to tomorrow’s game will be interesting.
It’s been suggested by some in South Wales that while Swansea play some sweet football, they aren’t the strongest physically and can come unstuck against sides who play it fast and direct.
Town (from): Glennon, SInclair, Williams, Clarke, Page, Mirfin, Brandon, Collins, Holdsworth, Berrett, Kamara, Jevons, Beckett, Booth, Schofield, Skarz, Racchi, Eastwood.
Swansea (from): De Vries, Rangel, Tate, Monk, Austin, Robinson, Brandy, Duffy, Pratley, Butler, Scotland, Anderson, Bodde, Britton, MacDonald, O’Leary, Knight.
Referee: Michael Oliver (Northumberland).