This has been a tough week to be a Swindon Town fan, the off the field problems which have hit the fans hard with the ownership and the disconnect with Trust STFC. On the field it has not been much better. Swindon have a massive game tomorrow evening at the Plough Lane against AFC Wimbledon which comes under “relegation six pointer”.
After the abject performance on Tuesday night at Rochdale, Swindon Town succumbed to another lifeless defeat to the bottom side of league one who had won just one home game all season. The performance on Tuesday night was not good enough from start to finish. Rochdale were hungrier and more had more desire and deserved the win. It was such a disappointing performance from Swindon, and it was to be as expected. It has been like this for a while now, I do not mind losing if you show effort and passion. But to go down like that in that manner was disgusting.
What made even more laughable was the post-match press conference, which I listened to the next morning while WFH. That was laughable when the manager John Sheridan did not like the questioning about who in the eyes of the fans on social media should not be in the starting XI. But John Sheridan continues to throw other players under the bus in the local press and question their motives. But he did not like that line of questions on Tuesday nice, very strange. Maybe he should have walked away after the Gillingham game it would have been a saving grace.
Predicted XI vs AFC Wimbledon.
Camp, Grant, Broadbent, Grounds, Caddis, Palmer, Missilou, Thompson, Payne, Twine, Pitman
AFC Wimbledon are hovering above the dotted line and have a nice healthy points buffer over visitors Swindon Town. AFC Wimbledon are 19th in the League One standings with 42 points from 40 games, a nice 5-point lead over Swindon Town in the league.
AFC Wimbledon run of results in the last 6 games has been ultra-positive. 10 points from a possible 18 included 3 wins 2 defeats and a draw. The draw to kick off the last 6 games was a 2-2 home draw over fellow London side Charlton Athletic. The two defeats were back-to-back defeats over Easter against Plymouth Argyle and Fleetwood, both defeats were 1-0. The three wins were against Northampton Town 1-0 and back-to-back wins in the last 6 days against Accrington Stanley away 5-1. Shock result of the EFL last weekend. That was followed up with a 3-0 home win over Paul Cook Ipswich Town on Tuesday night.
After being in charge for two temporary games after Glyn Hodges left the club on January 30th, Mark Robinson was named as head coach on February 17th and has done a fantastic job in turning around the fortunes at Plough Lane. Since being named as head coach, AFC Wimbledon have picked up 17 points from 14 games at an average of 1.21 points per game. Robinson has changed the shape in style, Hodges was previously playing 3-5-2. But Mark Robinson has stamped his authority on this side by playing a 4-2-3-1 to start with and then switching to the 4-4-2 diamond aka the 4-3-1-2 with stellar results. 3 wins in the last 5 since the switch of formation.
The key player to watch out for in this AFC Wimbledon side:
15 goals and 5 assists in 39 league one games this season, Joe Piggott is the top goal scorer at the club. He has previous against Swindon Town this season; he scored the only goal of the game at the County Ground on the 10th October. Piggott had an excellent first half of the season with 10 goals and 4 assists in 18 games. But 5 goals and 1 assist has followed in the last 21 games, he has found goals a lot harder in 2021. After a 9-game drought, Joe Piggott has found his scoring touch with two goals in the last 5 games. Both goals came in wins over Northampton Town and away at Accrington Stanley.
After a turbulent week on and off the pitch, something needs to happen on the pitch for Swindon Town. 4 defeats in a row coming into this game played on Saturday evening, another defeat could see Swindon Town sinking back to League two without a trace. This week has been horrible for the fans, a bit of positivity on the pitch is needed badly or we are heading back to the 4th tier of English football at the first time of asking.
By Scot Munroe