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DAN THE FAN: Yates’ return causes selection headache
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DAN THE FAN: Yates’ return causes selection headache

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The feel-good factor at Swindon Town continues to gather momentum as Richie Wellens’ side were unlucky to leave Cheltenham with just a point after dominating an entertaining first 45 minutes at Whaddon Road.

Despite this season being in its infancy, it feels different to anything over the past few years, a feel-good, positive atmosphere seems to have taken over throughout the fan base, one of those reasons, as I’ve mentioned previously, is a successful transfer window.

We now have players that will make you stand up out of your seat as they sprint down the pitch looking for any opportunity to find someone in the box, Lloyd Isgrove is the sort of player I never thought we’d see at Town whilst we desperately try to climb out of the basement of the football league, but here we are, watching a player who wouldn’t have looked out of place in Paolo Di Canio’s League Two side.

Going by his first few games in a Town shirt, the signs are looking promising for on-loan striker Eoin Doyle.

The Dublin-born forward now has three goals in his first three Town appearances and has rekindled the form he showed under Richie Wellens when the Town boss was in charge at Oldham Athletic, where the then on-loan striker scored 14 goals in two spells at Boundary Park.

With Jerry Yates returning from his suspension this weekend it’ll be interesting to see how Wellens sets his side up. Last season he mentioned a few times about wanting to go with two upfront but felt he couldn’t as he didn’t have the right players at his disposal, but now, those players are available to him.

Despite that fact, I don’t think he will mess with a formation and style that has overall worked very well so far this season, and he’ll stick with just the one striker on the pitch.

He may surprise us and feel both players are too good for one to miss out, but on the other hand, having such a talented option from the bench is something we’ve desperately missed this season.

I can see benefits for either way he decides to go, but I would stick with what has worked so well already this season.

Looking at the other end of the pitch and selection for this weekend’s home game against Morecambe, it’ll be interesting to see if the manager sticks with Mathieu Baudry after another shaky showing last weekend.

Neither goal Town conceded was solely the Frenchman’s fault but his positioning at times last weekend and several underhit passes against Northampton haven’t seen him start his time at SN1 in a way I’m sure he pictured.

With the season still only weeks old and the centre-back coming back from several injuries suffered at Milton Keynes, I’m sure the manager will stick with him this weekend and show trust in his new defender, instead of recalling Tom Broadbent or Taylor Curran.

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