Swindon Town are back to home comforts this weekend as they entertain a struggling Colchester United side at the County Ground.
Swindon Town looking for a first win since August 28th which was a 1-0 home win over Mansfield. Swindon have gone winless in their next three which has included two away draws at Stevenage and Northampton and a home defeat to Port Vale which was sandwiched in between.
I went to the Northampton game, evidentially my first away game since Newport County in January 2020. We were very poor and a bit sloppy in possession in the first half and let Northampton Town in on a few chances. But second half we looked a different side, until the last 10-15 mins where Northampton were pushing for that equaliser. They got it from a set piece and a great header, you could see that equaliser coming a mile away.
Northampton were attacking at will and Swindon Town couldn’t cope, pressure finally told with the equaliser. If it wasn’t for goalkeeper JoJo Wollacott it could have been a different story. We missed Anthony Grant in the last two games, we missed him massively on Saturday his presence was missed. Missed him snapping into challenges and breaking up play. Thankfully he is back for tomorrow’s game.
Ben Garner has a full squad to pick from, which is a rarity in today Football climate.
Wollacott, Kesler-Hayden, Conroy, Odimayo, Hunt, Grant, Reed, Williams, Payne, Gilbert, Simpson.
Colchester United are the visitors to the County Ground on Saturday afternoon, Hayden Mullins side are finding it tough at the start of the 2021/22 season. Colchester United are 16th in the League Two standings with 9 points from 7 games. Winless in the opening three games of the season, with two draws and a defeat at home to Northampton Town. Colchester United picked up their first win of the season in League Two at the 4th time of asking with a 2-1 away win at Oldham Athletic. After the Oldham Athletic win, Colchester United went on an unbeaten streak of three games which was broken last weekend with a 1-0 home defeat to Crawley Town
After a caretaker stint at the end of the 2019/20 season with Watford, Hayden Mullins was handed the reigns at Colchester United on March 31st, 2021. Steve Ball was sacked in February 2021 after taking the job on in September 2020. Mullins was Ball assistant manager in his short tenure at the club. Wayne Brown was then appointed interim boss after Steve Ball departure, Brown is the manager of the Isthmian League side Maldon & Tiptree. With the 2020/21 Isthmian league suspended due to the pandemic, Brown took over as interim boss. Sadly, he was relieved of his duties after just 9 games. Mullins stepped in and became permanent boss in May 2021.
Hayden Mullins record as Colchester United Manager is not too bad. I know it’s a small sample size, but in the 17 games in charge in all competitions. Its 5 wins, 6 draws and 6 defeats at a points per game average of 1.24. Mullins is quite flexible in tactical set up switching from a 4-2-3-1, to a 4-3-3, 4-4-2 and a 3-4-1-2.
By Scot Munroe