Swindon Town are back on the road this weekend and looking for their third successive win in a row in league two as they make the 200-mile round trip to face Stevenage.
Swindon Town have been excellent on the travels this season, tomorrow they will be looking for a third win out of three on the travels. Scunthorpe and Salford City have been dispatched by the Robins in the previous two away games this season in League Two.
Last weekend win over Mansfield Town was very hard fought and maybe a little bit fortunate. That game was my first game in attendance for over 17 months since the Forest Green Rovers home defeat in March 2020. It was good to be back, and I am not going to lie I may have teared up when the Swindon goal was scored. Swindon struggled to combat Mansfield press and was quite sloppy with the ball in possession. I think the players are still adapting to the change of shape. 4-2-3-1 was used in the opening rounds of games, but the last two games have seen a switch to a 3-4-2-1. The switch has seen two wins out of two and 0 goals conceded.
Second half performance last week was excellent, a bit more fluid and we got to see Jonny Williams in full flow in another cameo performance. His assist was excellent for Tyreece Simpson to score from close range. It was a gritty win against a Mansfield side who played well and on any other day could and maybe should have got a point. There was that moment in the second half where a Mansfield free kick may or may not have crossed the line, who knows. But on the plus side, it has been an excellent start to the season and long may it continue.
Both Mathieu Baudry and Jordan Lyden are back in training after recovering from injury. But three players are missing from the Swindon Town squad due to being called up for international duty. Jonny Williams is with the Wales squad and played in a friendly draw against Finland on Wednesday evening. Anthony Grant has been called up to the Jamacia squad and made his debut in the Azteca stadium in a 2-1 defeat against Mexico. Kaine Kesler-Hayden has been called up to the England U20 squad and could make his debut on Monday evening against Romania in an U20 International friendly.
Predicted XI vs Stevenage 3-4-2-1
Wollacott, Odimayo, Conroy, Critchlow, Hunt, Reed, Gladwin, Iandolo, Payne, McKirdy, Simpson.
Stevenage are Swindon Town opponents on Saturday afternoon, sitting 9th In the league two table with 7 points from the opening 5 games. Stevenage started the season with two wins out of two, a 1-0 home win over Barrow thanks to a goal from ex Swindon Town midfielder Jake Reeves. That was followed up by a 2-0 away win over Bristol Rovers, Chris Lines and another Ex-Swindon Town player scoring the second in striker Luke Norris. But since the two wins out of two to start the season, Stevenage are winless in the next three. 4-1 defeat at Bradford City was followed by a 1-1 home draw against Port Vale. Last weekend, Stevenage suffered a second defeat in three this time a 1-0 away defeat at Walsall.
There is another Swindon Town connection in the coaching staff at Stevenage, as ex Swindon Town loanee and as a player someone who used to haunt Swindon after his departure from the club in January 2010. Alex Revell is the manager of Stevenage, took the job on in February 2020 as a caretaker role and got the job permanently in the summer of 2020. He guided Stevenage to 14th last season in the league two table after a tricky first few months of the season. Revell record at the club is steady, in all competitions it 20 wins out of 62 with 18 draws and 24 defeats. He did an excellent job steering the fortunes of the club in the latter half of last year to mid table safety.
Alex Revell likes to play a 4-4-2 formation, something he hasn’t steered from since a 1-0 home win over Harrogate town in early March of 2021. On that day Revell switched from a 4-4-2 to a 5-3-2 with success.
Key player to watch out for in the Stevenage side, is an ex-player and player not to be scoffed at. Luke Norris is the club top scorer this season with two goals from 5 appearances. Scored in the 2-0 away win at Bristol Rovers and the 1-1 home draw against Port Vale. A player who will have a point to prove after his departure from the County Ground in the Summer of 2018. A player who tended to frustrate the Swindon town fans with his output and performances while wearing the red of Swindon Town. But has proven to be a nuisance since his departure and has had the last laugh scoring against his former club for Colchester in January 2020
Swindon Town have started the season brilliantly and I think have proved a lot of people wrong with the start of the season they have had. Let’s hope the good form continues away at the Lamex Stadium on Saturday afternoon against a team who are struggling for form after an excellent start to the season.
By Scot Munroe