Town star reveals his liking for Swansea

IPSWICH TOWN: Blues striker Jason Scotland faces up to a club tomorrow that he wishes he had never left.

Town face third-placed Swansea City at Portman Road (kick-off 12.45pm) in a live televised fixture looking to get their Championship season back on track after four consecutive defeats.

This has seen Ipswich sink to 17th place and just four points off the bottom three.

Scotland’s partnership with Tamas Priskin worked well in their Carling Cup midweek win other than finding the back of the net, and the two are expected to line up together again.

The Trinidad international was goalscoring hero at Swansea with 53 goals in two campaigns before trying his luck in the Premier League with Wigan where he managed just one league goal before joining the Blues in August.

“I had to take the chance but regret leaving Swansea,” said the 31-year-old.

“And I think that’s the same for others who have left.

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“I enjoyed the football, my family loved it in Swansea, my kids loved it, I never really wanted to go but when the Wigan offer came in I needed to go and prove myself.

“But didn’t score enough goals and got me down.”

And talking about his move to Portman Road where he has scored five goals, Scotland went on:

“I jumped at it. I wanted to prove myself again and I was prepared to go back to the Championship to do it.

“The challenge is there for me personally and to get the team up into the play-offs and pushing for the Premier League.”

Swansea lost at home to Portsmouth last weekend, and have not suffered back-to-back reverses since the last week of the 2008-09 season.

Garry Monk is confident it won’t happen on Suffolk soil, saying: “We don’t like losing, it’s as simple as that.

“You can see it in training — the majority of this group can’t bear to lose a five-a-side, and that’s a great thing to have in your squad.

Monk hopes to return having missed the last two games with a calf problem.

If Monk gets the OK, Albert Serran will drop out of the side beaten by Pompey.

Even if the captain does not make it, another option for Rodgers is to recall Neil Taylor and switch Alan Tate to central defence.

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