Swindon Town are on the travels again and looking to put the disappointment of last weekend home defeat to Bradford City behind them as they travel to Greater Manchester to take on Oldham Athletic.
Last Saturday home performance against Bradford City was a little concerning, we have yet to find our form at home this season. Away from home, Swindon Town have the second-best away record in the league behind Forest Green Rovers by goal difference. 17 points from 7 games, but at home it’s a completely different story. 6 points from 7 games and Swindon Town have the third worse home record in the division ahead of Colchester United and Oldham Athletic who are Swindon Town opponents at the weekend. Oldham have the worst record in the division with 4 points from 7 games.
The defeat to Bradford was very disappointing, Swindon changed shape to set up in a diamond formation and Bradford set up in a low block in a 5-4-1 which sprung into a 3-4-3 on the counter attack. The diamond formation did not work as the players looked lost in the formation; the defence gave away two first half goals in a cheaply manner. The second half the formation was changed back to the tried and test 3-4-2-1/3-5-1-1. Bradford comfortably saw out the Swindon threat and done a brilliant job in nullify Swindon attack threat, Bradford won the game with an impressive 25%. Did their job of stunting Swindon Town and hitting on the counter attack.
It was very refreshing to hear that Ben Garner admitting that he got the shape and the team selection wrong and that it was his fault. That was brilliant to hear, just think that managers of yesteryear at Swindon Town would have blamed the result on the players.
The home form this season is a massive worry to date, but after the summer we had as a club and as fans, I am happy we have a club and play with the identity we do. We are 7th in the league at the moment playing some attractive football and that home win will come.
Predicted line up vs Oldham Athletic
Wollacott, Odimayo, Conroy, Critchlow, Kesler-Hayden, Reed, Gladwin, Hunt, Payne, McKirdy, Simpson.
Oldham Athletic have been struggling for form this season and find themselves above the mirky waters of the relegation zone to the National League. Keith Curle side are hovering in 21st place in the League Two standings with 12 points from 14 games, just one point above the dotted line and 24th place which is occupied by Scunthorpe United on goal difference ahead of Mansfield Town.
After a shambolic start to the season where Oldham Athletic lost their first 4 games and then lost 6 out of the first 7 games of the season. The form has picked up since then with only just 2 defeats in the next 7 league games. That run of four successive defeats was broken with a 2-1 away at Barrow. Wins away at Rochdale and at home to Stevenage have followed as Keith Curle and his side have stopped the rot and looking to elevate themselves away from the League Two relegation zone.
Oldham are winless in the last two games which was a 3-1 home defeat to Walsall and last weekend was a 0-0 draw away in Cumbria against one of Keith Curle former sides in Carlisle United.
Keith Curle was appointed Oldham Athletic manager on March 8th, 2021, after Harry Kewell sacking the previous day. Curle guided Oldham Athletic to 18th in League two with picking up 14 points from the final 13 games in charge to end the season with 54 points and 9 points clear of Southend United who finished in 23rd last season. They did end the season with three successive defeats and start this current campaign with four defeats in a row. Curle record in the league as Oldham Athletic manager is not great, 26 points from 26 games with 7 wins, 5 draws and 14 defeats, he has lost close to 50% of his league games as Oldham Athletic manager.
This game at the weekend pips the second-best away record in the division against the worst home record in the division. Swindon are looking to keep up their unbeaten start on the travels and looking to bounce back after last weekend defeat at home to Bradford City. Oldham are looking to stop the rot at home and put a string of positive results on the board to elevate them up the table.
By Scot Munroe