Martinez's men seek third win on trot

SWANSEA will be seeking their third consecutive Coca-Cola Championship victory when they visit Ipswich Town tomorrow (kick-off 3pm).

Elvin King

SWANSEA will be seeking their third consecutive Coca-Cola Championship victory when they visit Ipswich Town tomorrow (kick-off 3pm).

Promoted from League One at the end of last season, the Swans will be trying to add the Blues to the notable scalps of Wolverhampton and Preston - sides who have both won at Portman Road this campaign.

Swansea are a credible eighth in the table, and will put more pressure on 17th-placed Ipswich if they make it a hat-trick of wins.

This is the first league meeting between the clubs for 25 years, with the Welsh club's manager Roberto Martinez calling for his side to pick up where they left off before the international break.

The Swans boss is keen to avoid a repeat of last month's break when they struggled to find their best form for a while.

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He said: “It's important to learn from the first break because it took us too long to get back to ourselves.

“Ipswich have lost just three times at home in the league since March 2007 and this shows how strong they are at Portman Road.

“They control the games. They are one of those teams who want to get hold of the ball and feel comfortable with it.

“They've got fantastic strength all over the park.”

Striker Jason Scotland played for Trinidad and Tobago in their recent 0-0 draw with Guatemala and 2-1 win over United States.

He joined up with the rest of the Swansea squad in their East Anglian hotel after landing in London this morning.

Martinez hopes the 29-year-old will show the same killer instinct against Ipswich that he did against Wolves.

“Jason is one of those players that when he is on top form, he is special and everyone loves him,” he said.

“Sometimes we take Jason for granted. He is a special player and a fantastic finisher.”

Winger Andrea Orlandi is a doubt after picking up a muscle injury during the 3-1 win over Wolves.

He was handed his first League start against the former table toppers, and was impressive on the right side. Otherwise Martinez hopes to have a full squad to choose from following the return of Thomas Butler.

Swansea, who play Watford in the quarter-finals of the Carling Cup, have on-loan Spanish midfielder Jordi Gomez, who has notched four goals this season. Scotland, who won last season's League One 'golden boot' after scoring 29 goals, has already hit the target three times this campaign.

Town's last match against Swansea was an FA Cup fourth round home tie in 2006/07 when Alan Lee scored the only goal and Richard Naylor damaged a toe that effectively kept him out of action for a year.

n Local suppliers to the food outlets at Portman Road will be giving journalists a treat at tomorrow's Coca-Cola Championship game against Swansea.

Taste of Anglia, Proctors Sausages and James White drinks will be some of the suppliers for a day arranged by Town's head of conference and hospitality Michael Rieder.