Eight Months since the last meeting, Swindon and Exeter face each other in different circumstances. A lot has changed since that wind-tunnel game back in February. Swindon were promoted by PPG and Exeter lost in the league two playoff final to Northampton Town.
The second round of EFL trophy matches kick of this midweek at the start of a hectic schedule for both clubs. Its top vs bottom at the county ground. Swindon would want to bounce back after the second half performance against Peterborough United. 1-0 up at half time and a few spurned chances in the first half really cost the Robins as they succumbed to a rejuvenated Peterborough side in the second half.
Swindon Town are back on home territory which has suited them well at the start of the season in the league with back to back wins over Rochdale and Burton Albion, respectively. In both games it has followed a pattern of Swindon starting strong and being a couple of goals up at half time. But it did not start like that with back to back defeats in the Carabao Cup to Charlton Athletic and to WBA U23 side in the first round of fixtures of EFL Trophy.
Exeter City after the disappointment of losing in the league 2 play off final to Northampton have started the league 2 campaign with 7 points in the opening 4 games. The Grecians are sitting in 6th spot in the league 2 table after back to back wins over Mansfield and then league leaders Cambridge United 2-0 at the weekend.
Exeter started the season with a 2-0 defeat to now Championship leaders Bristol City in the first round of the Carabao cup. That was followed with a 3-2 win over Forest Green Rovers in the EFL trophy. The league campaign started off disappointingly with a draw away at Salford which ended in a 2-2 draw. Exeter were leading in that game for 35 minutes but were pegged back with 21 minutes to go in the second half thanks to Ashley Hunter equaliser for Salford. That was followed up by a home defeat to Port Vale who won at St James Park 0-2 thanks to goals from Tom Conlon and Devante Cole.
The last two leagues games have been a different story with wins that have elevated the club up the league two table. Matt Taylor has been quite flexible with his set up with Exeter this season. In 3 of the 4 league games in a 4-4-2 with Matt Jay and Ryan Bowman up front with Randall Williams and Joe Randall occupying the wide roles. Taylor used a 4-4-1-1 in the Carabao cup defeat at Bristol City with Matt Jay tucked in behind Ryan Bowman. A 3-4-1-2 was used against Forest Green, looks like Taylor was experimenting in the opening two cup games of the season. Where some clubs were using this as a late pre-season before the league season started. In the win over Mansfield, Matt Taylor used a 4-2-3-1 which I saw him do in the second half of the first league meeting back in August and that gave Swindon Town problems that afternoon. That was with Nicky Law behind the striker, but he has had a role from the bench this season coming on in all 4 games where the coach has preferred Jay and Bowman in the attacking roles.
As a Tuesday night game I can see will be changes from both managers to help with the hectic schedule that will be going on in the next month or so in the football league. I have paid the money to watch on Ifollow should be an interesting game to watch, it will be totally different to what we witnessed back in February.