Swindon Town travel to the Wham Stadium to take on Accrington Stanley, looking for an improved performance after Tuesday night defeat at the stadium of light.
After the 7 points taken off the previous 3 games before Tuesday night, confidence was high but was brought back down to earth at Sunderland on Tuesday night. For me it was a free hit, like the previous midweek action away at Lincoln, no one expected Swindon to get a result at the black cats and they succumbed to a second half goal from Charlie Wyke.
Swindon held out well for 70 minutes but were undone by a set piece and Charlie Wyke punished some lazy defending to head home and net the only goal of the game. Scott Twine hit the cross bar from range with the last kick of the game from a free kick. If that went in, that would have a decisive point in survival. It was not to be, but deep down inside I wondered if Swindon Town played a bit more on the front foot and was a bit more attacking, we could have got a point or even a lot more. The players showed a week before at Lincoln City and should have grabbed all 3 points on that occasion. Why did not they show it on Tuesday night against Sunderland, wondered if they showed Lee Johnson side a little too much respect.
With Tuesday night defeat away at the stadium of light, Swindon are still above the dotted line in 19th place, Burton Albion have jumped one position above the Robins only by goal difference. just 4 points are separating the bottom 6 and if Swindon were bit more positive on Tuesday night, they could have dragged themselves further away from the bottom 4.
Predicted starting Xi vs Accrington Stanley.
Trueman, Hunt, Conroy, Broadbent, Grounds, Missilou, Payne, Garrick, Twine, Hope, Pitman
Accrington Stanley have been a breath of fresh air this season in league one and proved they can handle with the big boys in this division. Sitting in 8th position after 30 games with 47 points and 5 points behind 6th place Doncaster Rovers in the race for the play offs.
John Coleman side for all the wonderful football and results they provided us in 2020, Accrington Stanley have found 2021 a struggle in league one. 4 wins out of 14 to kick off 2021 has seen Accrington Stanley slip out of the top 6 and now playing catch-up. Just 2 wins out of the last 9 games in the league and winless in the last 4 league one outings. The 6-1 home win over Bristol Rovers back on the 2nd February feels like a lifetime ago. Evidentially that is John Coleman last home win as Accrington Stanley boss. The last three home games have just yielded 1 point which was a 1-1 draw with Shrewsbury Town.
John Coleman has mainly played with a 3-5-2 for this season and played it in the reverse fixture of the season. That evening Accrington Stanley played Swindon town off the park and fully deserved the 3-0 away victory. But in recent week where his side have found it tough, he has tinkered with the formation to a 4-3-3 and a 4-3-1-2. In the last two games he has reverted to type and changed back to a 3-4-1-2/3-5-2 hybrid to no avail.
The key players to keep an eye on in this Accrington Stanley side:
Dion Charles has been prolific form this season for Accrington Stanley, been involved in 16 goals in 27 league appearances with 14 goals and 2 assists. Already this season he has caused Swindon Town problems by scoring in the reverse fixture in Accrington 3-0 away win. Very adaptive and can play anywhere in the front 3, Charles has been more prolific in the central striker role. With his side finding it tough in recent weeks so is Dion Charles, 1 goal in his last 5 games which came in the last game in a 2-1 home defeat to Ipswich town.
His strike partner, Colby Bishop has been playing second fiddle to Charles this season in goals. In 30 league appearances this season, Bishop has been involved in 10 goals with 7 goals and 3 assists. Proved an incredibly good foil for Dion Charles this season with the 7 league goals but is goalless in his 8 games after scoring a double in Accrington Stanley 6-1 home win over Bristol Rovers.
This will be a tough game for Swindon, but with two home games coming up against Oxford United and Gillingham it is crucial to go into the double header with momentum behind them. Accrington Stanley have been struggling for form in the last month and the results have been telling, if Swindon Town can go to the Wham stadium and pick up a result that will be a feather in the cap for John Sheridan in the fight for survival.
By Scot Munroe