The games are coming thick and fast as we are coming into the final month of the year with a fixture list that feel never ending. The highs of Saturday derby delight will not be lost, but It will matter more if Swindon can get a positive result away at Crewe on Tuesday night.
The adulation of Saturday victorious derby win will live forever, if it was piece of genius and a masterstroke to stick Tom Broadbent up front to cause chaos so be it. 19 years of hurt was ended with a 2-1 victory over bitter rivals and gave Swindon 6 points out of 9 in a week where they could have got 7, or they could have got 0. In hindsight the football has not been very pretty, but it has been more effective, I have seen people moan about it especially at half time during the Oxford game. Come full time they have all egg on their face and made to look stupid. The reality is that I said in previous weeks, we are in a bit of a scrap at the bottom of the table and the football will not be pretty, but it will get Swindon results. The days of Wellensball and attacking football are now in the past and I do not think some Swindon fans have not gotten over that.
Noel Hunt gave an assessment on Swindon Town growing injury concerns. Saturday game did come at a cost as both Joel Grant and Mathieu Baudry had to be taken off in the first half with injuries. On both injuries picked up on the weekend, both are being assessed on Monday. On Baudry its whether he needs to go for a scan as it could be a muscle injury. it could be a lot different for Joel Grant as Noel Hunt said its more a knock and not a muscle injury and could be back and available for the Crewe game.
Hallam Hope picked up a knock against Lincoln and did not feature in the game on Saturday against Oxford United. Noel Hunt said they do not have a diagnosis on the injury yet and playing it day by day. I may have missed this when watching the game, myself on Tuesday but it was reported that Hope took a nasty kick late on in the game. Both Dion Conroy and Jordan Lyden are back in training, Conroy has been back to training for two weeks now. Jordan Lyden has been back but dipped in and out and because he is not ready yet.
My Predicted XI for tomorrow game
Kovar, Odimayo, Broadbent, Grounds, Donahue, Grant, Caddis, M. Smith, Payne, J. Grant, T. Smith
After a good and solid start to the season, where Crewe Alexandra picked up three wins from the opening five games. The last six weeks have been a bit of a reality check, where the results have not picked up. In the league in the last eight games it has been a real struggle for Crewe picking up two wins and six defeats. The last two defeats in the league have come away at Portsmouth where they were soundly beaten 4-1 in a game they dominated. Last Tuesday Crewe were defeated at Accrington Stanley 1-0. Before the two defeats Crewe Alexandra picked up a brilliant 2-0 home win over high flying Peterborough. Just a few days later was the re-arranged fixture against Oxford United, where Crewe came out won the game 2-0. Those back to back wins stopped the rot after three successive losses to Lincoln City, Ipswich Town and Gillingham.
Crewe were knocked out of the FA Cup at the weekend after extra time away at Cheltenham Town. Cheltenham Town won the game 2-1, but it all kicked off after the final whistle and there is a video clip that has gone viral on social media. Where Perry Ng spits water at one of the Cheltenham Town backroom staff. I wonder if he will be available for the game tomorrow if the FA or the EFL have seen the incident.
David Artell has not changed from his philosophy from last season to play attack minded football, Artell has not changed from his 4-3-3 tactics which got him success in promotion from league 2 to league 1 via PPG. Charlie Kirk for me is the standout player in the Crewe Alexandra squad, he was brilliant last season. This season playing on the left of a 4-3-3 formation has seen Kirk involved in 4 goals in 14 games in the league with two goals and two assists. But watch out for target man Mikael Mandron who has contributed to 4 goals in 14 games. But was not involved in the last two leagues games against Accrington Stanley and Portsmouth.
This is an important game for both sides, Swindon Town are looking for back to back wins and away wins to elevate them up in the table. Crewe Alexandra on the other side are looking to stop the rot and not make it three defeats in a row in the league