After no game midweek, Swindon Town return to action and look to bounce back after two straight defeats. When they entertain Joey Barton Fleetwood Town side at the County Ground this weekend. Swindon have lost two straight in the league where they were passed of the pitch by Crewe Alexandra and that was followed up by a disappointing 2-0 away defeat at Gillingham. Where the Robins dominated the possession and the chances but gave away 2 soft goals which cost them. That was a bitter defeat to take.
Coming into this game it came out on Friday that Dion Donohue had left the club by mutual consent citing Personal reasons. There were strong rumours swirling around in mid-week on social media. This was by the same guy who broke the news about Michael Doughty leaving the club early in the season for personal reasons. It is a big blow for Swindon as Dion Donohue has come in and made that LB/LWB role his own for most of the season so far. It leaves the club a bit light in that region on the pitch. As both Rob Hunt and Elis Iandolo are both injured, Jonathan Grounds played in the position away at Gillingham and did well.
Tommy Wright did a pre-match presser this afternoon before tomorrow game, here are some snippets. Tom Broadbent is expected to be back in training next week after seeing a specialist. Swindon have players returning for injures and its great for the club and gives a bit more competition of places. The use of the three-man back line and it is something that they will look to continue with. On the opposition Fleetwood, Tommy Wright was very complementary on Joey Barton side. Joey Barton has done a great job there. Fleetwood are very adaptive, and Barton can develop a system on any opposition. On fans being back, it will be a massive difference to have fans back in the stadium. Its soulless without fans.
My predicted Swindon XI for tomorrow 3-5-1-1
Kovar, Odimayo, Conroy, Baudry, Caddis, Payne, M. Smith, A. Grant, Grounds, Jaiyesimi, T. Smith
Fleetwood Town have started the season well but have had a dip in form in the last two games. They are sitting in 10th place with 23 points from 16 games, Joey Barton side are just four points behind Charlton Athletic who are sitting in the last play off spot.
Going into the Swindon Town away game, it has been three games without a win. A home draw at home to Sunderland was followed with back-to-back 1-0 defeats away to Northampton Town and a 1-0 home defeat to Blackpool. Before the three-game winless streak, Fleetwood Town were hitting form with 5 wins out of 6. Which included a 4-1 win away at Bristol Rovers, then days later a 5-1 win over Plymouth Argyle.
Joey Barton has proven to be very adaptable in his tactical set up this season, Barton switched his tactics up due to the opponents that Fleetwood are set up against. Joey Barton has mainly used a 4-2-3-1 in the league this season, but has switched to a 4-3-3, 4-3-1-2 and a 3-4-3. Could you see another Barton switch in tactics for tomorrow game?
One of Fleetwood town players to watch out for in tomorrow game is Callum Camps, signed from Rochdale in the summer on a free transfer, Camps has excelled this season with Fleetwood under Joey Barton. Camps has contributed 8 goals and 1 assist in 16 leagues games from midfield. Swindon Town will also by wary of Ched Evans who has contributed 5 goals and 2 assists in his 16 league games this season.
Tomorrows game will be tough for Swindon Town, even after a week off. The games after tomorrow will be coming thick and fast and then we are in to the crazy Xmas schedule. Both teams are out of form tomorrow, can the home fans the 2,000 that will be in attendance encourage Swindon to victory. Or will Fleetwood Town inflect more misery on a league one campaign for Swindon Town that promised hope but hasn’t delivered at all.
Thanks Scot Munroe for your preview.