Swindon Town are on the road again and will be looking to bounce back after Saturdays disappointing home draw with Rochdale as they travel to Gander Green Lane to take on high flying Sutton United.
It was a strange game for me on Saturday with once again some horrific officiating in League Two football.
Feels like each game the officiating just gets worse and worse. Swindon dominated the first half and really should have been further ahead going into the interval. A Ben Gladwin wondergoal was the difference in which Swindon enjoyed most of the possession and the chances.
The second half was a different, it was the tiresome cliché that gets banded about of a tale of two halves. This sums up this game perfectly, Rochdale looked a different side and they played higher up the pitch. Swindon were very sloppy in possession, and you could see that Rochdale were going to punish the laziness in Swindon play. They did twice in the second half and both from poor defensive mistakes. We gifted Rochdale two stupid goals and had to chase a game on which the side should have put to bed before half time.
Rochdale goalkeeper Joel Coleman timewasting came to Swindon Town rescue in the third minute of added time of an allocation of six. Jonny Williams smartly finished from close range after Kaine Kesler-Hayden knockdown from a Ben Gladwin cross. Really nice patient build up for the equaliser as fans around me in the DRS were getting inpatient as the ball was not flung into the box. The Rochdale time wasting was a bugbear of the second half and it came back to bite them in the end. Karma is a wonderful thing in sport.
It was a disappointing performance in the end, more dropped points at home. It is something that will be needed to be worked on the coming weeks. The away form has been excellent, but you build foundations on your home form and this season at SN1 it has not lived up to expectations.
Predicted line up vs Sutton United
Wollacott, Odimayo, Conroy, Critchlow, Kesler-Hayden, Reed, Gladwin, Hunt, Payne, Williams, McKirdy.
Sutton United have had a wonderful start to the 2021/22 League Two season, promoted for the first time in their 123-year history to the football league after winning the National League. Sutton United find themselves in the top six with 20 points from 12 league games.
It was not the best of starts to life in the EFL, Sutton United went winless in the opening four league games of the season 2 points from a possible 12. But since then, they have won 6 out of the last 7 games picking up 18 points from a possible 21.
Sutton United have won all of their last four games in League Two, a fantastic turn around of form after a slow start to the season. The standout out victory in the last four games was the 7-goal thriller at home to Port Vale, which included two goals in the final three minutes including a goal from an Ex-Swindon Town player in Will Randall.
Matt Gray is the Sutton United manager and has been since May 2019. He has done an amazing job at the club, first getting Sutton United promoted to the EFL after 123 years. Now building a solid platform in the first quarter of season.
Gray likes to play a 4-4-2 and has had brilliant success with the system. Tonight’s game will be his 95th game in charge in all competitions 45 wins, 25 draws and 24 defeats.
By Scot Monroe.