Swindon Town will be looking to bounce back after Saturday afternoon defeat at home to Carlisle United with a positive performance on Tuesday night, under the floodlights at the County Ground.
With all the hype and the positive energy at the club after a positive start to the season if you were a very harsh critic. You would say that Swindon Town were brought back down to earth and reality with a 2-1 home defeat on Saturday. But if you’re a smart football fan, with your head screwed on it would be a gentle reminder that this squad has only been assembled in just a few weeks and there hopefully will be a few more additions added to the squad in the next few weeks.
Always remaining positive after the summer this club has had and the anxiety it has caused for us fans. I would expect the players to take a few weeks a month tops to gel and then we get to see the real Swindon Town firing. Remember it is still early days in the season and we are just into the 4th game in all competitions and there is still a long way to go.
Kaine Kesler-Hayden will be missing due to suspension after picking up two yellows on Saturday and getting sent off in the dying embers of the game. Mathieu Baudry picked up an injury in the EFL Cup tie against Cambridge along with Jordan Lyden look set to miss with injury. Just waiting to see the international clearance has been approved and we could see the debut of Jonny Williams at SN1 on Tuesday evening. If not, it will be at Salford on Saturday.
Predicted XI vs Tranmere 4-2-3-1
Wollacott, Hunt, Conroy, Critchlow, Iandolo, Grant, Reed, McKirdy, Gladwin, Payne, Simpson.
Tranmere Rovers are the visitors to the County Ground on Tuesday evening, they are unbeaten so far in the opening two games of the season. Defeated Walsall 1-0 on the opening day of the season thanks to a debut goal from new signing Callum McManaman 17 minutes from time. Christopher Merrie picked up a straight red card for Tranmere with 4 minutes from time to dampen the open day win. This is the final game he will sit out for suspension. In the EFL Cup Tranmere were defeated 6-5 on penalties away at Oldham Athletic after drawing 2-2. In the second league game Tranmere picked up a 0-0 draw away at Port Vale.
This is Micky Mellon second stint as boss at Tranmere rovers, his first stint in the dugout was a highly successful one. First took over in October 2016 with Tranmere Rovers in the National League. He went unbeaten in his first 10 games as before suffering defeat at the hands of Lincoln City. Mellon achieved back-to-back promotions with Tranmere winning play off games at Wembley. Defeating Boreham Wood in the National league play off final in May 2018 and finally getting back to the football league after a three-year hiatus after relegation 2015. First season back in the football league Tranmere Rovers finished 6th and achieved promotion in the play offs with a 1-0 win over Newport County. Mellon left Tranmere Rovers after the curtailed 2019-20 season which ended in relegation for Tranmere. Mellon went to manage Dundee United and lasted a season after guiding the club to 9th in the Scottish Premier League
This is a good opportunity for Swindon Town to put behind the disappointment of Saturdays result and look for a positive result on Tuesday night under the floodlights. Remember the hard work that has gone on behind the scenes at this football club, people have been working hard over the last 3-4 weeks to get this club back and running in a functional manner. Let’s get behind the boys and hopefully get repaid with a positive result on the pitch.
By Scot Munroe