‘Get ready’ - Nigel Pearson sends warning to Swansea as Bristol City mind games begin
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Nigel Pearson will take control of the jukebox as he sends a warning to Swansea City ahead of their FA Cup clash with Bristol City on Tuesday night. The Robins travel to South Wales for the third-round replay after Antoine Semenyo cancelled out Joel Piroe's opener in a 1-1 draw at Ashton Gate on January 8.
City's trip to South West Wales will be their first of two this evening, and the third of four meetings that the two sides have had this season. Russell Martin's men also drew 1-1 back in October, with Olivier Ntcham equalising after Tommy Conway had opened the scoring. City are due to travel to Swansea again on March 18, a few weeks after they play Cardiff City on March 5.
Matches with Swansea City have been played to a high intensity, and both times from the advice of Avon and Somerset Police, they have been moved to either an earlier kick-off or a different date. Tuesday's match is not televised but plenty is at stake with a place in the fourth round in the offing.
In an act of mind games, the former Leicester City manager is taking charge of the pre-match tunes, as he tries to motivate his fairly youthful squad for the match. Swansea during their visits to the West Country have played Welsh independence song 'Yma o Hyd', which was later adopted as the official anthem for Wales at the World Cup.
Pearson, a former coach of the England Under-21's, and someone who backed Gareth Southgate during their time out in Qatar, has provided a 'really poor' playlist to kit manager Scott Murray to blast ahead of kick-off at the Swansea.com Stadium.
"It's very important," said Pearson in an interview with Robins TV when asked about the importance of the cup clash with Swansea in midweek.
"We go to Swansea and when Swansea go to us here, they always have their door open and play Welsh music with a big speaker so we have to listen to their stuff.
"I've already given Scotty (Scott Murray) an English folk playlist to play when we go to Swansea on Tuesday. I think they'll have to get ready for some really poor English folk music being streamed through their tunnel for a change which I think is rather nice."
As for team news, Andi Weimann and Tommy Conway will both miss out after suffering hamstring problems. Weimann - partial to scoring against Swansea - is out for the rest of the month, meanwhile Conway’s time of absence is unspecified. Jamie Paterson could be denied a chance to face his former club with the former Robins midfielder linked with a move to hometown club Coventry City - where he could reunite with Kasey Palmer.
The victor of Swansea versus Bristol City will face a home tie against the winner of West Bromwich Albion and Chesterfield on Saturday, January 28. The match has not been chosen for television coverage and should remain on the original date. If City fall to a defeat to Swansea, their Championship match against Huddersfield Town at the John Smith's Stadium would go ahead.