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Swindon Preview - We look at the Robins' Good Friday visit

14 April 2022

Match Previews

Swindon Preview - We look at the Robins' Good Friday visit

14 April 2022



Town welcome Swindon to The Envirovent Stadium this Friday in the first of two games over the coming Easter weekend.


And after defeat in their most recent outings, both sides will be keen to get back to winning ways heading into the final few weeks of the 2021/22 season.

Our opponents

Swindon remain very much in the hunt for the playoff positions, currently in tenth spot and four points off the final spot albeit with a game in hand on most of their rivals.

They are winless in three games though, including a tough loss to promotion rivals Newport County last time out that saw them lose ground on the teams directly above them.

The Robins can point to an impressive away record in League Two this season, amassing 34 points from 20 games on the road – a return only narrowly bettered by Exeter and Forest Green.

Earlier this season

The two sides shared the spoils earlier this season at The County Ground. Jack Diamond's first-half strike looked to have given the Town all three points but a late penalty award for the hosts saw Jack Payne convert to level the game at 1-1.



Ones to watch

Harry McKirdy has posted an impressive campaign, having netted 17 times and added seven assists so far.
Fellow forwards Jack Payne (10) and Tyreece Simpson (9), have also found the target on a regular basis this season.

Midfielder Louis Reed has been a near ever present and has formed a midfield partnership with Ellis Iandolo.
The January window saw the club bring in Brandon Cooper, Louie Barry, Josh Davison and Joe Tomlinson on loan deals until the end of the season, with all making an impact since their arrival.

The man in charge

Ben Garner was appointed as manager last summer after new owners arrived at the club. Garner replaced previous incumbent John McGreal, who was in charge for just 30 days due to the uncertainty around the club off the pitch prior to the ownership change.

Garner has previously been a coach at Crystal Palace and West Brom as well as having one previous managerial role, at Bristol Rovers spanning parts of the 2019/20 and 2020/21 seasons.

History

The Robins were formed as Swindon AFC back in 1879 before settling on Swindon Town in 1883.
Initially members of the Western and Southern League they were elected to the Football League in 1920, beginning in the third tier before securing their first promotion in 1963 to Division Two.

The club shocked Arsenal in the 1969 League Cup final to secure their first major trophy, but suffered subsequent relegations to end up back in the bottom division in the early 1980's.

With former Manchester United player Lou Macari at the helm the club earned back to back promotions in the mid-1980's to return to the Division Two but were denied a further promotion in 1990 due to breaching Football League regulations.

Future Chelsea and England manager Glenn Hoddle finally took Town to the top flight in 1993 but they were relegated at the first attempt before suffering a second successive relegation a season later. Although immediately bouncing back they were relegated again in 2000 and have remained in the bottom two divisions over the past two decades.

Team news

Mark Oxley joined the list of players out for the remainder of the season after suffering a broken leg in the defeat at Salford a week ago. He joins Lewis Page, Josh Falkingham, Brahima Diarra and Lewis Richards on the sidelines.

Jack Muldoon and Simon Power missed our trip to Salford and remain a doubt, along with Calum Kavanagh who, like Oxley, suffered injury at The Peninsula Stadium.

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