What a difference a few days can make, the resignation of John Sheridan after the AFC Wimbledon game and then to show a brilliant fighting display to beat play-off hopefuls Portsmouth on Tuesday night.
Swindon Town will be travelling to MK Dons this Saturday with a lot of confidence and still a mountain to climb in the escape of relegation. Just three games left and 7 points adrift from safety it is going to be a big ask, but I feel this Swindon side under a new caretaker duo will be fighting till the final minute of the final game of the season.
Wow, I did not expect that on Tuesday night. That was a massive reaction after the poor run of form which has led Swindon Town to slide back into the relegation zone. Do feel that if John Sheridan resigned a month and a bit earlier, we could have seen Swindon Town in a different position. The win against Portsmouth was outstanding, everyone played for each other and some players who were shackled under previous management played with a lot more freedom. I was so pleased to see Tyler Smith on the scoresheet, he has gone through a lot in the last few months after being frozen out. But he proved to be the match winner with his late goal in added time which sealed the 3-1 home win. The embrace with Smith and Lee Peacock after the final whistle was a joy to see, you would not see that under previous management.
Predicted XI vs MK Dons 4-4-2
Camp, Garrick, Grant, Grounds, Thompson, Payne, Missilou, Palmer, Twine, Smith, Pitman.
MK Dons will be looking for a double over Swindon Town this season, after the win at the County Ground in the final game of 2020. Mk Dons are currently in 10th place in the league one standings with 61 points from 43 games played. Just 6 points behind 6th place Charlton in the race for the final play-off spot.
MK Dons run of last 6 fixtures has been very inconsistent, 3 wins 2 defeats and a draw has seen Russell Martin side bounce up and down the league one standings. The sole draw was a 0-0 draw on April 10th against Ipswich Town. The two defeats were a 0-2 home defeat on Easter Bank Holiday Monday at home against Crewe Alexandra. The second defeat was a 4-0 away defeat at Lincoln City on April 13th. The three wins were against Doncaster Rovers a 1-0 victory on March 27th, then back-to-back victories over Portsmouth on the 17th April and away at Bristol Rovers 2-0 on the 20th April.
Russell Martin has been charge at MK Dons since November 2019 after his retirement from football, He has done a stellar job at MK Dons, the game against Swindon Town will be his 63 Football league game in charge and he has picked up 85 points with 23 wins 16 draws and 23 defeats. A points per game average of 1.37. Martin likes to play with a 3-5-2 and has done for most of the season with success. He is assisted by former Swindon Town manager Luke Williams who had a difficult spell as Swindon Town from January 2016-April 2017.
The key player to watch out for in the MK Dons side:
Signed on a free transfer from fellow league one side Burton Albion in September 2020, Scott Fraser has been in excellent form in his debut season at Stadium MK. 13 goals and 4 assists in 41 League One games this season Fraser has been the standout player for MK Dons this season. He is very adaptive and can play in central midfield, attacking midfield or even as a second striker which has done at the latter part of this season. Fraser has excelled as a second striker and has scored 4 in his last 8 games including two in his last two against Portsmouth and Bristol Rovers.
This is another big game for Swindon Town in the impossible fight for survival in League one. Are they just delaying the inevitable for a little bit longer or are they willing to show the fight and passion which up until Tuesday night was clearly lacking.
By Scot Munroe