Swindon Town go into their second crunch home game in the space of 4 days with confidence, after picking up a much important 1-0 win over Wigan Athletic on Tuesday night.
In a game played on a pudding of a pitch, Swindon Town came up out on top against a Wigan Athletic side who liked to play football but failed to register a shot on target. A win and clean sheet were crucial, that was Swindon Town first win on a Tuesday night in the league since March 2020. Two goals from Eoin Doyle against Scunthorpe United on 03/03/2020. Nearly 11 months to the date, Swindon register their first midweek win in the league. The winless streak is over.
It was backs to the wall performance in the second half, especially in the final 30 mins plus stoppage time after Dion Conroy was sent off for a last man challenge (a little harsh). Great game management at the end from Swindon Town experienced players got the win. A couple of shout outs in that win, it goes to three attackers. Brett Pitman that was his best performance in a Swindon Town shirt to date and his experienced showed in this game. Got the goal, maybe a little bit fortunate and offside, but he was in the right place at the right time. His hold up play when killing the game off in stoppage time was outstanding. The next 2 shout outs go to the wingers in Hallam Hope and Jack Payne, both were outstanding going forward and looked dangerous in attack. Both did the defensive work well when down to 10 men. At times we were defending with a back 6 with Hope and Payne defending as wing backs and done the jobs wonderfully.
That result on Tuesday night helped a little bit with the healing of the wounds. It was transfer deadline day and it came at a costly blow to Swindon Town. Kieron Freeman who was only at the club for a month joined Swansea City for an undisclosed fee. Jordan Garrick moved in the opposite way and joined Swindon Town on loan for the rest of the season. Christopher Missilou joined on a permanent transfer from Northampton Town and adds depth to the midfield. But the worse was about to happen as it broke at around 11.15pm that Diallang Jaiyesimi had left the club and joined Charlton Athletic for an undisclosed fee. You can imagine the reaction that sale of a star player got on social media, absolute uproar in the fan base. What we found out the next day that there was a release clause in Jaiyesimi contract, and it was matched. The downside to that why could not that be mentioned in the first place on Monday evening, it would have saved face.
My predicted line up for tomorrow game 4-4-2
Travers, Hunt, Odimayo, Masterson, Thompson, Payne, Palmer, Lyden, Hope, Pitman, T. Smith
Shrewsbury Town are the visitors to the County Ground on Saturday afternoon; they are in 17th place in the league one table picking up 27 points from 23 games. After an excellent December where Shrewsbury Town went unbeaten in the whole month picking up 4 wins out of 5. January and early February has only seen Shrewsbury play 4 games in all competitions after games being called off due to the COVID 19 pandemic. It has hit the club hard as Steve Cotterill the Shrewsbury Town boss has been in hospital since January 18th with COVID. Three weeks later, he is still suffering but reports today are saying that his condition is improving. Aaron Wilbraham has been taken the reigns for the last few weeks in Cotterill absence. Wilbraham has been assisted by Academy Coach David Longwell.
Shrewsbury have suffered three defeats in their last 4 games in all competitions, starting off with a 2-0 defeat in a re-arranged FA Cup game against Southampton. That was followed by a 1-0 away defeat at Sunderland. The most recent game was a midweek game against Crewe Alexandra where Crewe won the game 1-0 thanks to a goal from Owen Dale. It was not all doom and gloom for Shrewsbury in the last 4 games, as last weekend Shrewsbury managed to defeat Peterborough 2-0 thanks to a double from Harry Chapman.
Shrewsbury Town like to play with a 3-5-2/3-4-1-2 and it has got them great success in the last 4-6 weeks after Sam Ricketts sacking and being replaced as manager by Steve Cotterill.
The three key players to watch out for are Shaun Whalley who can play on the right/left hand side of midfield or up front. Whalley has been involved in 8 goals in 17 league games for Shrewsbury Town scoring 5 and assisting 3. Centre back Aaron Pierre is another key player to watch out, Pierre has played 22 league games this season for Shrewsbury and scored 4 goals from the centre of defence. His last of his 4 goals was the winner in a wonderful win for Shrewsbury Town away at Doncaster in late December. The third and final key player to watch out for is Harry Chapman, Chapman is on loan from Championship side Blackburn Rovers and has hit the ground running. Two goals in his first three games at the club since his arrival in January, both of his goals came in the win over Peterborough.
This will be the acid test for Swindon Town after the win on Tuesday night against Wigan Athletic, this is another must win game for Swindon in the plight to avoid relegation. Shrewsbury Town will be a sterner test for the robins.
Preview by Scot Munroe