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Barrow AFC vs Swindon Town: Match preview

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Swindon Town will make the long trip to Barrow in Furness looking to bounce back from a midweek defeat against Leyton Orient as they prepare to face a familiar face in Mark Cooper and is Barrow AFC side.

Tuesday night saw a first away defeat in all competitions this season and ended the eight wins in a row away from home sequence. I do not think it was a 4-1 game, Leyton Orient played well especially the two strikers who are in red hot form for Kenny Jacket side this season.

The two quick goals earlier in the second half was the nail in the coffin and that played into Leyton Orient hands, and they attacked our tiring side and cut them open with wide crosses which were the downfall for Swindon Town defence on the night. In all honesty, I have been to games this season away from home and seen Swindon struggle in defence but was not punished. But they were on Tuesday night, especially with crosses from the sides. Three out of the four goals came from crosses from out wide. The last came from an angle shot which was parried into the path of Harry Smith who added to his goal in the first half.

In the end Swindon Town just looked very leggy at the end of the game, it has been an intense last few weeks. Since November 20th have played six games in just under three weeks. Thankfully after the game on the weekend (weather permitting) there is a week rest before the Walsall game and then we go into the busy schedule of Christmas and New year. Plus, the third round of the FA Cup where Swindon Town will take on Manchester City on Friday 7th January live on TV under the lights at SN1.

Predicted line up vs Barrow AFC

3-5-1-1

Wollacott, Odimayo, Conroy, Critchlow, Kesler-Hayden, Williams, Reed, Payne, Hunt, Mckirdy, Simpson.

Barrow AFC are 20th in the League Two standings with nineteen points from nineteen games. Just hovering above the relegation zone and four points clear of second bottom Oldham Athletic who have fifteen points from twenty games. Barrow AFC have a game in hand.

Barrow AFC are winless in their last nine league two matches, the last win in the league was a 1-0 away win at Mansfield in early October. A week before in late September Barrow AFC defeated Newport County. But since the back-to-back wins in late September early October, Barrow have found form in League Two hard to find. Nine winless games including the last three games being all defeats without scoring. A 1-0 home defeat to Crawley town, a 2-0 away defeat to league leaders Forest Green Rovers and a 1-0 away defeat to Sutton united. Barrow AFC were scheduled to play Salford on Wednesday night but that game was postponed on Wednesday afternoon due to a waterlogged pitch.

Barrow AFC to have a FA Cup Round Two replay live on TV against Ipswich Town on Wednesday 15th December. The winners of the replay will travel to Barnsley for round three of the FA Cup.

It is a familiar face on the touchline and a reunion as Mark Cooper is the manager at Barrow. Appointed manager in May 2021 just 47 days after being relieved of his duties at Forest Green Rovers. Cooper was at Forest Green just shy of five years; he was Swindon Town manager from July 2013 to October 2015 where he took Swindon Town to League one play off final playing an exciting brand of football. Just fell at the final hurdle in 2015 at Wembley being humbled 4-0 against Preston North End. Just five months later he was sacked. Sandwiched in between was a short spell at Notts County in 2016.  At Barrow AFC, Cooper has found it tough, four wins, seven draws and eight defeats in nineteen games. that includes a winless run of nine games in league two. Overall, in all competitions its seven wins out of twenty-six with eight draws and eleven defeats.

By Scot Munroe

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