5 Swans In Team Of Season….

Sunday, 27 April 2008, 7:20
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The team will be officially confirmed at the awards dinner tonight but it looks a certainty that Garry Monk, Ferrie Bodde, Angel Rangel, Jason Scotland and Andy Robinson will all find their names on the teamsheet as it were.

It is a fitting reward for the Swans who currently find themselves with a 9 point cushion at the top of League One although they are unable to officially be bestowed the title champions by the football league.

Martinez said: “It’s some achievement.

“But there’s another four or five who are really unfortunate to miss out.

“We could have almost had the whole divisional team!

“You never see more than five from one club in a team of the year at any time.

“But when you look at the likes of Tom Butler, Dorus de Vries, Paul Anderson, Darren Pratley and, especially, Leon Britton, you have to say it’s unlucky for any of them to miss out.

“They have easily done enough, but I guess you have to have players from others clubs in there as well!

“But that just says something about some of the huge consistency the players have given this season – but also the fact that what we’ve done is being recognised.

“It’s a huge achievement for the club and all the players.

“Garry Monk had to come back from 13 months out, which people quickly forget, and then you have all the foreign players who have had to adapt to a new environment.”

“Football can be cruel – the moment you take your eye off the ball you get punished, whether you are a player or a manager,” added the Spaniard.

“We all know that and now there is a challenge for the players who have missed out this time to get in the team next year, and the players who are in it don’t drop out.

“There will be added competition next year, extra freshness in the squad and everyone has to keep on working hard and improving.

“We have to make sure we continue to win games on a regular basis at a higher level in the Coca-Cola Championship next season.”

Images courtesy of Getty Images, Athena Picture Agency and Swansea City Football Club.

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