It is a quick turnaround for Swindon Town, on the road again in League one as they travel to Burton Albion in a crunch game at the bottom of the table. Swindon Town are looking for a positive result after the 2-0 home defeat to Blackpool on Good Friday. Swindon Town will be looking for a third away win on the spin after away wins at Fleetwood Town and Bristol Rovers in the past few weeks.
The performance on Good Friday was a disappointment after the said two away wins, the hope going into the game was positive. The expectation of a positive result fell right on half time when Ellis Simms opened the scoring for Blackpool. The life was sucked away when former Swindon Town striker Jerry Yates added a second in the second half.
Blackpool dominated the game after a patchy first 20 minutes where Swindon Town create half chances but failed to seize the opportunity. Blackpool game plan to press the Swindon Town midfield worked brilliantly for Neil Critchley side, Swindon Town influential players in midfield and attack did not get a kick all game and it worked to Blackpool advantage.
I do understand why John Sheridan made the 4 substitutions in one failed swift in the latter stages of the second half. The game was already lost, plus we have more important fish to fry with the relegation six pointer coming up on Easter Monday against Burton Albion. Saving fresher legs and energy for that important game.
Predicted XI 3-4-2-1
Camp, Odimayo, Grant, Iandolo, Hunt, Missilou, Palmer, Thompson, Twine, Payne, Pitman.
Burton Albion are 18th in the league one standings with 42 points from 37 games, crucially they are 6 points clear of AFC Wimbledon who are sitting in 21st place in the final relegation spot.
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink is back at Burton Albion after 6 years away, his second stint as Burton Albion Coach has gone brilliantly. In all honesty they were doomed before he took over was John Sheridan words to the local Swindon press today and he was right. Hasselbaink stats in his second spell as Burton Albion manager is outstanding. 29 points from 16 games at 1.81 points per games, 9 wins, 2 draw and 5 defeats. Hasselbaink took over on New Year day 2021, his first game in charge was a 5-1 home defeat to Oxford and Burton under his reign have not looked back since.
Burton Albion run of last 6 results have been a little inconsistent at the latter end of the season. Two wins, two draws and two defeats, the two wins were back-to-back away wins over AFC Wimbledon (1-0) and Crewe Alexandra (3-0). The two defeats were back-to-back against MK Dons (1-2) and Shrewsbury Town (1-2) both at home. The two draws were away at Blackpool (1-1) and away at Accrington Stanley (0-0) on good Friday. After the excellent run under Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, the wheels are starting to come off a little bit. Burton Albion is winless in the last 4 games with 2 draws and 2 defeats.
The key players to look out for in this Burton Albion side:
Striker Kane Hemmings has been in fantastic form for Burton Albion this season with 13 goals and 1 assist in 27 league one appearances this season. Arrived from Dundee FC in the summer after 39 goals and 10 assists for the Scottish club over two stints has really hit the ground running after his return to English football. 6 goals in his last 9 games including a hat-trick against Crewe Alexandra, Hemmings will be looking to add to his tally against Swindon Town.
The second and final player to keep an eye out for is right winger Lucas Akins, been at Burton Albion since the summer of 2014. Akins has played for Burton in the Championship, league one and league two. This season has scored 7 goals in 36 league one appearances this season. Mr versatile this season for Burton Albion playing in positions in defence, midfield and attack and he is Mr reliable. Akins does have previous against Swindon Town this season, scoring in the 4-2 home win for the robins in the third game of the season. This is a massive game for both clubs in the battle for survival in league one, Swindon Town up until a couple of weeks ago had the worst away record in the division. That has been now taken by Bristol Rovers, its 21st best away record vs the 21st best home record at the Pirelli Stadium tomorrow. Swindon Town will be hoping to make it three wins out of 4 and three away wins in a row, while Burton Albion will be looking to stop the rot after going winless in the last 4 games.
By Scot Munroe