Swindon Town will end the year of 2021 with a home game under the lights against second bottom Stevenage who are struggling for form and consistency under a new manager.
Wednesday night game will be Swindon Town first game in eighteen days due to two postponements against Walsall and Exeter for Covid 19 outbreak in the squad.
Ben Garner revealed today in his pre-match press conference that sixteen players and seven members of staff were hit with covid as the Omicron variant has been rampant in the UK and worldwide.
Swindon Town last game before the two postponements was the disappointing 2-0 away defeat to Barrow. Where close to six hundred hardy souls including myself made the 400-mile round trip and watched a horrible game of football in even worse conditions from an open terrace in the rain. The football was not great, but the pies were excellent. The game was decided by two second half penalties for Barrow. They were penalties, Barrow deserved the win as Swindon struggled to adapt to the conditions.
Swindon Town will be without club captain Dion Conroy who was sent off after the final whistle away at Barrow and will miss two games which was confirmed by Ben Garner. Mathieu Baudry will also miss the game due to injury.
Predicted XI vs Stevenage
Wollacott, Hunt, Odimayo, Critchlow, Kesler-Hayden, Reed, Williams, Payne, Iandolo, McKirdy, Simpson.
Stevenage are second from bottom in the league two table, three points ahead of bottom place Oldham Athletic. But the caveat is that Stevenage are level on nineteen points with two other sides who are above them in the league table in Scunthorpe United and Carlisle United who they have played recently in the league with disappointing results.
Stevenage have been in poor form recently and have only picked up just one win in their last six games with three defeats and two draws. The sole win was a 1-0 home win over Colchester United on November 20th. The two draws were a 2-2 draw away at Rochdale followed up a 1-1 home draw against fellow strugglers Scunthorpe United. The three defeats were a 2-1 home defeat against Mansfield Town. The back-to-back defeats against Carlisle United at home 2-0 and a 1-0 away defeat at Salford United. Stevenage were due to face Crawley Town at home on boxing day but that was called off due to a rise of Covid 19 cases in the Crawley Town squad.
Stevenage parted company with Alex Revell on November 14th and was heavily linked with Gillingham boss Steve Evans but had an offer turned down by Paul Scally the Gillingham chairman. Everybody favourite cravat flat cap wearing manager took the job in late November in Paul Tisdale. Tisdale last job in management ended after nineteen games at Bristol Rovers. He later joined Colchester United on an advisory role.
It is a small sample size after five games, but Paul Tisdale record is not great at Stevenage. Four defeats out of five in all competitions, in the league its just one point from three games which was his first league game in charge a 1-1 home against Scunthorpe United.
By Scot Munroe