The absolute ecstasy of scoring a late equaliser on Saturday at Shrewsbury to grab a fighting point to the despair a few days later of being outplayed a tactically schooled by a season veteran of the lower leagues in John Coleman and Accrington Stanley. The last few days being a Swindon fan have been a baptism of fire. The manager that most fans wanted to replace Richie Wellens has now joined Bristol Rovers in Paul Tisdale, this could be a bitter pill to swallow
Saturday fight back away at Shrewsbury should have been a marker that would have been laid down for the rest of the season. A some sought of turning point for the rest of the season which the players and the club could and build on. That died in a matter of moments on Tuesday night with a woeful home display against a well drilled Accrington Stanley side managed by John Coleman who Is well experienced in the lower leagues. Accrington played Swindon off the park and the reaction on social media after the game was damming. There was a clip of the game where Swindon gave away possession in the second half and there was no fight or hunger in running back to win the ball back. I can take defeat, but if there is no fight for the shirt and what is the point in being here if you are not going to put the effort in. that is what hurts the most
Tommy Wright did the post-match presser this afternoon and stated that he is staying at the club and not joining Richie Wellens at Salford. That Diallang Jaiyesimi had a positive COVID-19 test and had to self-isolate along with Jordan Lyden and Dion Conroy. They should be back into training on Monday, Tyler Smith is still two weeks away and Dion Donohue is back for tomorrow game. A blessing that the trio of injured players are back in on Monday and could be needed for the busy schedule ahead which includes the A420 derby next Saturday.
My predicted line up for tomorrow game 4-2-3-1
Fryers, Caddis, Odimayo, Broadbent, Hunt, A. Grant, M. Smith, J. Smith, J. Grant, Hope and Pitman
With the returning players not long away, I wonder if a change to a 4-3-3 would be on the horizon with Anthony Grant sitting with Jordan Lyden and Matt Smith along side each other in the midfield. It does look like this season that Grant is missing his buddy in Lyden at the heart of the midfield.
Bristol Rovers coming into this local derby game at the County Ground in wretched form, sitting 18th in the league table. One win in the last five league games and that came on October 20th with a 1-0 win over fellow strugglers Shrewsbury Town.
Last Saturday home defeat was the final straw for the Bristol Rovers hierarchy as Ben Garner was sacked after the 4-1 home drubbing by Fleetwood. That was at the end of a 4-game winless streak which included three defeats and one draw. The solitary point was a 1-1 away draw at Rochdale, that was sandwiched in between defeats to Hull, Peterborough and the mentioned Fleetwood. Paul Tisdale has come into the reigns at Bristol Rovers. A man who was wanted by many Swindon Town fans before John Sheridan got the job at the County Ground
Expect Bristol Rovers to play with a back 3 which they have been doing all season, I do not think Tisdale has had enough time with the players. Bristol Rovers have been playing with a 3-5-2/3-4-3 formation for most of the season and only moving away from that formation for the game away at Doncaster Rovers which they went 4-3-3 and lost 4-1. Key player to look out for is the playmaker Erhun Oztumer who has haunted Swindon ever since his Walsall days, we all remember that goal he scored for Walsall at the County Ground a few seasons ago. Bristol Rovers have struggled to replace the goals of Jonson Clarke-Harris who scored 27 goals in 49 games over two seasons and is now excelling at Peterborough United.
This is the definition of a relegation six pointer as both clubs are hovering the dotted line in League one, Swindon poor form has to end somewhere, with the brittle confidence and leaky defence is this something that Bristol Rovers and the newly appointed Paul Tisdale will pounce on.
Match Preview by Scot Monroe.