Swindon Town are back on the road again in a busy week for the club, three away games in a week in two competitions. Starting with a trip to Walsall in the second round of the FA Cup, one win away from the third round where the Premier League and Championship teams enter the draw.
Last weekend result and performance against Harrogate Town was disappointing, that was followed up in midweek in the Papa John Trophy/EFL cup defeat to Colchester United. That game was a heavily rotated side from which drew with Harrogate Town on Saturday.
For sixty minutes, Simon Weaver side was far superior the side and really should have added to the slender 1-0 scoreline. The last thirty minutes, Swindon got into the game more and pinned a tiring Harrogate town side back where they struggled to get out of the own half. The pressing game which worked wonders for the first hour subsided and they spent the last thirty minutes plus stoppage time kicking lumps out of Swindon attackers including Kaine Kesler-Hayden who got targeted repeatedly in the second half.
A point was earned in awful weather conditions, it was bitterly cold and with a strong wind. It was not the best of viewings, and it took a couple of hours to thaw out afterwards. It was a point that keeps the club in the top four which is amazing after the summer of discontent we had.
The controversy from the game from the weekend was Alan Young refereeing. The same referee who forgot to add the first-time added time in the Leyton Orient-Hartlepool game in late October, the Saturday just before Halloween. He missed four Swindon Town penalties in the game, gave one to the Robins for a foul on Jordan Mitchell-Lawson which looked soft on replay. The one contentious call was in stoppage time where Ellis Iandolo is through on goal on the angle on the left-hand side and gets completely wiped out by his runner. Alan Young strangely books him for diving, another baffling call to add to the one he did a couple of weeks ago.
Predicted Swindon Town line up
Wollacott, Odimayo, Conroy, Critchlow, Kesler-Hayden, Reed, Williams, Payne, Iandolo, Mckirdy, Simpson.
Walsall are currently in 14th position in the league two standings with twenty-four points from nineteen games, they are on the way up the table after a relatively poor start to the season. The last six games for Walsall in League Two have been consistent in being inconsistent. Two wins, two draws and yep you guessed it two defeats. The two wins were a 1-0 away win at Sutton United and a 1-0 at Port Vale. The two draws were a 2-2 draw away at Barrow and a 0-0 home draw against Rochdale. The two defeats were a 3-1 home defeat by Harrogate town and 1-0 away defeat in Cumbria against Carlisle in the round of action last weekend.
In the first round of the FA Cup, Walsall travelled away to Kings Lynn and won 1-0 thanks to an early goal from Brendan Kiernan.
Former Swindon Town midfielder Matthew Taylor is the new head coach of Walsall, he was appointed in his new role in mid-May after spending the previous twenty-two months in charge of the Tottenham under 19. Taylor is assisted by former Swindon Town assistant manager Neil McDonald; McDonald was assistant manager at Swindon Town for just six months during May 2018-November 2018 when Phil Brown was the manager at SN1.
By Scot Monroe