Back on the road again, where Swindon Town travel to Hull City looking to bounce back after a meek disappointing performance midweek at home to Plymouth Argyle.
Tuesday night performance was one of the worst performances I have seen in a long while, especially under John Sheridan. Soon as Plymouth Argyle scored the second goal, the heads dropped and so did the body language and it was horrible to watch. Plymouth Argyle dominated the game from start to finish and bullied Swindon Town off the pitch, it did not help that John Sheridan changed shape at half time and tried to match up with Ryan Lowe system of 3-5-2, the team looked short of confidence and lost of ideas on and in the dugout. Plymouth toyed with Swindon for most of the game, Danny Mayor was the standout for Plymouth Argyle had the freedom of the County Ground and no one could get near him.
It was frustrating to watch, whatever system that John Sheridan used in the last few games has been flawed and been picked off at will. I mentally checked out of the game on Tuesday night after 75 minutes after watching such a lifeless performance. The rest of the game is a blur of nothingness, it feels with this Swindon Town side that it is 1 step forward and 5 steps backwards. We are regressing so badly this season its hard to watch, we are sinking to league two quickly than we came up in the summer due to PPG. All that hard work of last season going down the drain in an instant.
John Sheridan has taken a lot of flak on social media and rightly so, I now agree with some people on social media that this was a bad appointment and a job for the boys. This side has regressed so badly it is hard to watch. It is a bygone to Paul Hart era in the latter part of 2011 season after Danny Wilson sacking. Playing negative football with bad results. Sheridan has been at the club now for 15 games and won 3 draw 3 and lost 9, with a win percentage of 20.0%. It is appalling and something needs to be done ASAP or this club is back in the basement league.
It does not help when you go into a press conference on Thursday afternoon and say that you potentially could return your best player this season back to his parent club. Matt Smith could return to Arsenal if Swindon Town sign another midfielder. It surprises me that this should happen, Matt Smith has been Swindon Town best player this season and to replace him with another signing just does not make sense. It is a similar situation to Tyler Smith; he is the club top goal scorer in all competitions this season and has impressed when playing as CF but has not kicked a ball in anger since the MK Dons defeat in the final game of 2020. It feels that John Sheridan wants to get rid of every loan player that Richie Wellens brought in and bring in his own players. 2 are left after Jonny Smith was recalled by Bristol City and looks to be joining Burton Albion in a permanent deal.
Predicted line up vs Hull 4-2-3-1
Travers, Hunt, Masterson, Conroy, Thompson, M. Smith, Palmer, Hope, Twine, Jaiyesimi, Omotoye
Hull City are sitting in second position in the league one table, with 45 points from 24 games. Just three points behind leaders Lincoln City. Peterborough are in third position and are just two points behind Grant McCann side.
After going 4 without a win in December and ending 2020 with three defeats on a spin to Shrewsbury, Blackpool, and Portsmouth. It was important that Hull started off 2021 well and they did with a 2-0 home win over Charlton. That was followed up two back-to-back draws against Sunderland (on TV) and Blackpool. Home wins over Accrington Stanley and an emphatic 4-0 away win at Portsmouth followed. With Jack Whatmough for Portsmouth being unfortunate and scoring two own goals. In Hull City last outing they went down 2-0 away from home on Tuesday night to Accrington Stanley, Dion Charles and Matt Butcher with the goals which sent Accrington Stanley up into 8th in the league one standings.
Grant McCann sticks to his philosophies and likes to play football; we saw that in the reverse fixture at the County Ground. Sticks to his tactics of a 4-3-3 but has switched to a 4-2-3-1 this season on a few occasions.
The players to watch out for Hull City in this game is Malik Wilkes. The former Barnsley attacker joined Hull Permanently in the summer after a successful loan spell at the club. This season Wilkes has been in impressive form with 9 goals from 22 league one games amassing 1849 minutes. Wilkes can play across the front line in all positions. Josh Magennis has been impressive form this season for Hull City being involved in 11 goals in 21 league appearances, 8 goals and 3 assists amassing 1358 minutes. Magennis is also a Northern Ireland international 50 caps and 7 goals. The third and final player to watch out for is 19-year-old attacker Keane Lewis-Potter who just recently signed a new contract until the summer of 2023 with an option for a further year. Keane Lewis-Potter has been involved in 7 goals in 21 league appearances, 5 goals 2 assists amassing 1258 minutes. Lewis-Potter scored the only goal for Hull City in the reverse fixture at the County Ground on the 31st October.
Swindon Town need to bounce back after 135 minutes of pathetic football, the fans are on John Sheridan back and he needs to deliver, or he will be picking up his p45.
Preview by Scot Munroe