Another Tuesday night game on the horizon after a Saturday defeat at home, starting to see a pattern here. This is fast becoming Swindon Town 2020/21 league one campaign. Swindon Town travel to Doncaster Rovers after another home defeat at the weekend to Fleetwood Town.
I spent most of the game trying to figure out the set up that John Sheridan put out on Saturday. I was not critical for the first few games of his tenure. We looked more solid and looked a difficult side to beat. But on Saturday the writing was a little on the wall, set up look like a 3-5-2 which morphed -into a lopsided 4-4-2 with one full back playing high the 4 midfielders playing centrally or out to the left. It was quite baffling to watch
Saturday defeat to Fleetwood Town was a disappointment which is an understatement, this season has been a disappointment and the reality after the game was that it probably will not get any better. There were 2,000 fans who have waiting close to 9 months in lockdown and in isolation and they were served up that. It was a kick in the teeth watching that game, the realisation has sunk in that this season is all about survival. Where just months before that it was progression in a higher league after last seasons heroics. All the wins and good work from late November is all being undone, and a regression could be hitting.
Steve Mildenhall and Jonny Smith did the pre match presser before tomorrow game, here are some snippets. Steve Mildenhall was encouraged by recent performances and we will have to work hard and roll our sleeves up. Players coming back will give the team a better influence and a greater chance of doing well. On Doncaster, they are a good footballing side if you give them the opportunity to play football. Jonny Smith on his return, it was good to be back involved and I feel the lads have been playing well, but not taking the chances. On the table position, we are not worried, and a couple of wins and we can be in the mid-table position and on Doncaster. They are one of the best teams in the division at passing the ball.
My predicted XI for Tuesday night game
Kovar, Caddis, Odimayo, Conroy, Grounds, A Grant, M. Smith, Payne, Jaiyesimi, Hope, T. Smith
Doncaster Rovers have had a good first third to the season, currently sitting in 7th place with 27 points from 15 games played. Sitting just two points behind Ipswich Town in the last play off spot. The last 6 leagues games for Doncaster Rovers has been impressive, back-to-back draws at AFC Wimbledon and then at home to Sunderland. A win over Blackpool in a 5-goal thriller was curtailed by a defeat away at Hull City. But back-to-back wins away at Northampton Town and Gillingham have pushed Darren Moore side back into the play off picture. With favourable games coming up for Moore side they can really make a dent into the top 4 with a win tomorrow night against Swindon.
Darren Moore has stuck with his philosophy and stuck with the one system in the EFL this season. The 4-2-3-1 that has reaped the rewards for his Doncaster Rovers side this season.
Swindon will have to be wary of Ben Whiteman for Doncaster Rovers, he is the top goal scorer in the league for Donny with 4 goals in 15 games with 3 assists. The Centre midfielder has been in good form in all competitions with 7 goals in 20 games with 5 assists, a danger from the centre of midfield. Another Doncaster Rovers player to look out for is Reece James who has been very versatile in more 4-2-3-1 set up. He is the second top goal scorer in the league with 3 goals from 15 games including the opener in Doncaster home win over Gillingham over the weekend. James has been versatile playing in three different positions this season, left back, left midfield and in defensive midfield.
This is the acid test for Swindon Town tomorrow night, playing away from home in midweek which they have struggled on and not picked up a point all season. This is going to be tough against a young hungry Doncaster side who have play off ambitions on their horizon.