The embarrassment of Tuesday night home game against Accrington Stanley was wiped away at around 5pm on Saturday and was replaced with a gritty hard-fought Derby Day win over Bristol Rovers. That result should be a catalyst for Swindon Town to build on and get up this division and fight off a relegation scrap. Time will only tell, as the games come thick and fast in this jam-packed schedule.
Saturday performance was gritty and a bit more disciplined in the tactical set up by John Sheridan. He ditched the 4-2-3-1 to a 4-3-3 and it looks more suited to the players in the squad. It worked wonders last season getting out of league 2 via PPG and it was ditched to be more attacking in a 4-2-3-1. You can see Anthony Grant even though he was struggling with a knock at the end of the game looked a bit more secure as the holding role. if this is the set up for the rest of the season, it looks like John Sheridan will make us a difficult side to break down.
There was a pre match press conference which Tommy Wright was again on duty. Some snippets from the press conference, Jonathan Grounds is suspended for the game and Tom Broadbent who was out in the cold under Richie Wellens will come in. Commented on Akin Odimayo switch to Right back for the game against Bristol Rovers was down to his height on set pieces and for me he did not look out of place playing at right back. Along with Matt Smith, Akin Odimayo has been one of Swindon bright sparks this season.
Tommy Wright on Brett Pitman, saying he needs to train a bit harder. Pitman took a lot of stick pre match on socials but done the business by being in the right place at the right time by netting the winner with a clever piece of movement for a free header.
Which made me smile and many other Swindon fans is that Tommy Wright said that the Swindon injuries are easing. We have been hit hard with injuries in this campaign and it has been telling in some games. Zeki Fryers, Diallang Jaiyseimi, Jordan Lyden, Dion Conroy and Tyler Smith are all within a fortnight of returning to the starting XI.
My predicted starting XI
Kovar, Caddis, Odimayo, Broadbent, Hunt, A. Grant, M. Smith, Payne, J. Smith, Hope, Pitman.
Swindon Town will come up against a former faux in Michael Appleton on Tuesday night and his Lincoln City side have performed well in the opening months of this season. Appleton has haunted Swindon town in the past with one of his previous sides in Oxford United and will be looking to do the same. Lincoln City sit 6th in the league one table with 23 points from the 12 games played. One point in their last three games maybe a bit of a worry for Appleton. Draw ay Accrington Stanley which ended 0-0, the weeks game away at Gillingham was called off. Prior to that it was back to back defeats away at Doncaster and then at home to Portsmouth in the league. Last win in the league was away at Crewe on the 27th October with a 1-0 win.
Michael Appleton has not changed away from his set up at Lincoln City by playing 4-3-3 and his players have been reaping the rewards. Josh Grant has been the chief benefactor has been Jorge Grant who has been involved in 7 goals in 12 games this season. 6 goals and 1 assist. Grant has been ever present for Lincoln and will be a threat for the Imps playing in the midfield or on the left side of attack. The latter is where he as featured the most this season. Harry Anderson on the other side has been a constant threat and has been involved in 5 goals in 12 games with 4 assists and 1 goal scored.
This is going to be a tough one, Swindon will be looking for back to back home wins and building up confidence going into the A420 derby on Saturday. While Lincoln will be hoping for better rewards than in the previous three games where they have only come away with a solitary point. I will take a point all day long and build up the confidence and get ready for the big game against Oxford United on Saturday afternoon.