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DAN THE FAN: Payne proving an upgrade on Anderson
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DAN THE FAN: Payne proving an upgrade on Anderson

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Town continues to impress at the County Ground this season as another dominant first-half performance sees Richie Wellens’ side earn another maximum.

Swindon didn’t have it all their way as Burton had far more about them than Rochdale a couple of weeks before, Stephen Quinn’s goal just before half-time made things a little nervy but Jonny Smith restored their three-goal cushion and confirmed the points, Lucas Akins made it 4-2 with thirteen minutes remaining but Town saw out the game to move to 6th place in League One.

Despite an impressive result against a decent Burton side the ease in which the Brewers scored their second goal will worry the manager, as Akins planted his header into the back of the net with relevant ease.

It’s clear to everyone the biggest area that needs improvement is the back-line but will Wellens be dipping into the market for another centre-back?

It seems to all depend on whether the club can sell Tom Broadbent before the end of the window, if his wages are freed up we may see another new face, but if that doesn’t happen there’s certainly no need to panic with five first-team centre-backs in the squad, Mathieu Baudry, Jonathan Grounds, Zeki Fryers, (naturally a wing-back but adapted well to central defensive) Taylor Curran and Dion Conroy on his way back.

Amazingly a whole year has passed since Conroy suffered his serious injury against Newport County. It’ll be great to see the 24-year-old back in action this season and hopefully reform his partnership with Baudry as before he suffered his second ACL injury, they looked a promising pairing in the heart of the defence.

Town had no problems at the other end of the pitch as once again Matt Smith was the stand out in midfield, he already looks like the sort of player Town fans will be reminiscing about in a few years when he’s starting for Arsenal and England in the future.

Another recruit that impressed on Saturday was Jack Payne, as he chipped in with a couple of assists in the first half, since his arrival he’s fitted straight into Wellens’ side with ease, either playing out wide or in his most natural position, making things tick just behind the striker.

It’s clear to see the former Lincoln City man will be a key player right throughout the season, as he’s not only replaced Keshi Anderson but from what we’ve seen so far, he’s better than the Blackpool man in all areas.

This weekend Town face another tough away trip as they travel to London Road to face Peterborough United and a reunion with former club captain Nathan Thompson.

I remember being disappointed when Thompson decided to move on in 2017 and somewhat naively thought he could be one club man with Town. 

This will be the first time Thompson has faced his boyhood club since leaving SN1, I’m sure it’ll be a strange experience for the 29-year-old, and as he’s already picked up three yellow cards in four appearances this season there’s a good chance he’ll be adding to that total on Saturday.

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