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Trundle will be getting the Bird.

Byline: By PHIL BLANCHE Western Mail

Teenager David Bird faces the toughest job on FA Cup weekend - man-marking Swansea City talisman Lee Trundle. The Swans striker made the early stages of the cup his own last term with memorable winners against Macclesfield and Preston and was eventually named one of the competition's players of the season.

But Cheltenham boss John Ward believes 19-year-old Bird will be no respecter of reputations when Swansea head to Whaddon Road for their first-round tie on Sunday.

'Trundle is an exceptional player for the division in which he plays, and we all accept that,' said Cheltenham boss John Ward.

'We've got a big respect for Trundle because he can turn a game at any moment, but Bird has developed over the 12 months I've been here.

'He can mark and put his authority on the game, but when we have the ball he can step away from the man he's marking.

'He's a quiet lad, but he has a good footballing brain. He's quick to see situations emerging and is an all-round football player.

'He's a strong boy and he's got the strength to deal with any challenge we give him.'

Cinderford-born Bird goes into his private duel with Trundle with one major scalp to his name, having kept former Arsenal and England star Paul Merson quiet during Cheltenham's LDV Vans Trophy tie with Walsall last week.

Bird was also briefed to mark Bury's Canadian under-23 midfielder Terry Dunfield last weekend as Cheltenham ran out 1-0 winners in League Two.

But Ward has warned his players - who drew 1-1 at the Vetch in August after Trundle came off the bench to grab a late equaliser - that Swansea are more than a one-man band.

'We would be foolish to place all our concentration on Trundle,' he said.

'We can't ignore players like Adrian Forbes and Paul Connor, if he plays.'

Swansea's inquiry for Bristol City winger Marc Goodfellow has been rebuffed by the League One club.

Vetch boss Jackett wants to add a left-sided winger to his squad, even though Andy Robinson should be available for the Cheltenham cup-tie after missing the last three games with injury.

Former Manchester United defender Alan Tate stands by to slot into the back four with Andy Gurney suspended.

FORMER England captain Tony Adams has resigned as manager of Wycombe Wanderers 'for personal reasons.'

Wycombe were top of League Two before Swansea won 1-0 there on September 18 and have since slipped to 17th in the table.
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Nov 10, 2004
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