Another tough last 7 days for Swindon Town, a 4th defeat last weekend at home to Gillingham was followed with the impending resignation of John Sheridan. It was confirmed a few days later that he did a U-turn on his decision and confirmed he was staying to the delight of the fanbase. On Tuesday night Swindon Town slipped to the bottom of the league one standings on goal difference.
Swindon Travel to Highbury to take on Simon Grayson in form Fleetwood side hoping to stop the rot and not make it 5 defeats in a row.
March has been tough for us Swindon Town fans; performances have not been great on the pitch and that has seen us slide down the table to rock bottom. The hope at the back end of the previous month has gone and any hope for survival has been sapped away.
Last weekend performance against 45 minutes was solid but the standard of football in the first half was poor. Both teams struggled with the conditions and a bit of quality from Brett Pitman ensured Swindon Town went ahead. The second half was a no contest, Gillingham out played and out fought Swindon Town and used the conditions to their favour. A competent skilled manager would have reacted to Steve Evans second half change of John Akinde and make a change himself. Sadly, that was not the case and Swindon Succumbed to an ariel barrage in the second half and lost the game.
I am not going to lie, I completely lost interest in the game as soon as John Sheridan made the 5 changes in one failed swoop. I mentally checked out and the remaining moments of the second half was just a blur. I probably was not the only one who checked out at some point this season. it has been a chore in watching the recent performances of Swindon Town. You set up for hope in recent games only to be disappointed a couple of minutes in. Us fans are glutton for punishment this season under John Sheridan and it wont change from now until the end of the current campaign.
This season has been up there for Banter era Swindon Town, if you are a Simpsons fan like me this season is like when Homer gets punched in the face by Tom in the Brother from the same planet episode. Homer utter the words “this is even more painful than it looks”. That in a nutshell is the story of our season to date.
Predicted line up vs Fleetwood Town.
Camp, Caddis, Conroy, Broadbent, Thompson, Grant, Lyden, Garrick, Twine, Payne, Pitman.
Fleetwood Town are currently 11th in the league one standings with 50 points from 36 games. Fleetwood Town have the 6th best home record in the league with 31 points from 18 home games this season.
Simon Grayson has been in charge at the club since January 31st and has done an exceptionally good job at the helm. 16 points from 10 games with 4 wins 4 draws and 2 defeats and has propelled Fleetwood Town with an outside chance of the play-offs. Grayson has stuck to a couple of formations while in charge at Fleetwood, mainly stuck with the three-man defence that has served him well in the past.
Fleetwood Town are coming into this game in excellent form, unbeaten in the last 6 games with 4 wins and 2 draws. The 4 wins have come against away at Lincoln City, away at Shrewsbury Town, home to Gillingham and on Tuesday night a very impressive 2-0 win over Ipswich Town. The two draws were against Accrington Stanley which ended 1-1 and away at Blackpool which ended 0-0.
This run of form has come at the right time and the fortunes of Fleetwood Town have turned. Fleetwood Town did not have the best of starts to 2021 in league one, just one win from the opening 11 games of the year saw the cod army drop down to as low as 16th in the league one standings. The last month has been good for Simon Grayson side, the unbeaten run has propelled them up the league one table to as high as 9th on Tuesday night after the Ipswich Town result.
The key players to watch out for in the Fleetwood Town side:
Midfielder Callum Camps has been involved in 10 goals this season in 34 league one appearances with 9 goals and 1 assist. Camps is very adaptive and can play anywhere in the midfield, he has been more effective in the attacking midfield role with 8 goals in 22 appearances from the position. Callum Camps has missed the last two games due to injury but Simon Grayson his hopeful he is back for tomorrow’s game.
The second and final player to watch out for is Welsh right winger Wes Burns, Burns has been involved in 5 goals this season in 25 league one Appearances. Burns is very adaptive and has played 4 positions this season. Right back, right midfield, left midfield and right wing, Burns has hit form in the last 5 games with two goals against Accrington Stanley and Shrewsbury Town.
This is going to be a tough game for Swindon Town, they have the worst away record in the division with just 9 points picked up from 16 games. They will be up against a team brimming in confidence and looking to extend their unbeaten run to 7 games. A defeat will leave Swindon Town on the brink of relegation back to League Two at the first time of asking.
By Scot Munroe