Swindon Town will be looking to put the disappointment of last weekend result behind them as they make the 70-mile journey to take on Northampton Town.
Last weekend home defeat to Port Vale was a minor bump in the road and to be honest, Swindon Town wasn’t at the races for majority of the game. We struggled against a well organised Port Vale side who were more street wise and played good football. Both goals that were conceded were excellent moves and hand on heart Port Vale deserved the win.
We couldn’t cope with the physicality on board, and it was our downfall. Port Vale played some lovely one touch football before the winner and Swindon couldn’t lay a glove on them. Swindon played well for about 15-20 minutes after Tyreece Simpson equaliser and then Port Vale attacked at will again and put us to the sword.
Coming away from the game, we missed a physical presence in the centre of the midfield and that was Anthony Grant. An imposing figure in the defensive midfield role who can spoil the attacks and get on to the second ball which were missing on Saturday.
It was confirmed that Anthony Grant will miss the trip to Sixfields as he is still isolating after coming from a red listed country after appearing for Jamacia in World Cup Qualifying. Grant will be back in training on Monday which is excellent news. Ben Garner confirmed that Harry McKirdy will miss the game due to injury. Ricky Aguiar is fine and available after his injury scare. Both Jordan Lyden and Mathieu Baudry have trained and could be in the squad to travel to Northampton.
Predicted line up vs Northampton Town
Wollacott, Kesler-Hayden, Conroy, Critchlow, Hunt, Reed, Iandolo, Williams, Payne, Gilbert, Simpson.
Northampton Town have started life back in league two in fantastic form, after being relegated from league one last season. The Cobblers find themselves in 3rd place in the League Two standings with 13 points from 7 games played.
Northampton Town started the season with two wins from two, coincidentally both were 1-0 wins to start the season. First a home win over Port Vale then followed up with a 1-0 away win at Colchester. A 3-1 home defeat to Rochdale followed along with a 0-0 away draw at Crawley Town. Two wins in the next three have followed with 6 points picked up from a possible 9. Home win over Scunthorpe 2-0 then a 1-0 away defeat to then league leaders Forest Green Rovers. The last game was a 1-0 away win at Newport County on Tuesday evening.
John Brady has done an excellent job this season as permanent manager. The Australian took over on a temporary basis till the end of the season after Keith Curle was relieved of his duties in February 2021. Brady was given the job permanently after the defeat to Blackpool which condemned Northampton Town relegation back to league two. Jon Brady record since taking the job permanently is brilliant, 6 wins from 11 in all competitions. Which includes 2 draws and 3 defeats. Points per game record of 1.82.
Brady likes to play with a 4-4-2 but has switched his tactics from the 4-4-2 to a 4-3-3 and has switched to a 5-3-2 which Northampton Town used to play under Keith Curle.
This will be a tough game for the Robins to bounce back after the defeat to Port Vale last weekend. Northampton Town will be a stern test; John Brady side are a team brimming with confidence and are eyeing up a spot higher up the League Two table. Can Swindon Town spark another fantastic away performance at Sixfields Stadium, which has seen iconic STFC moments in Paolo Di Canio running onto the pitch and celebrating with the fans in December 2011. Just last February, Jordan Lyden close range header sparked jubilation in the away end. Time will tell.
By Scot Munroe