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BIG MATCH PREVIEW: Swindon Town V Forest Green Rovers

Your Essential Guide To Saturday's Game

12 January 2018

Swindon Town return to Sky Bet League Two action on Saturday with Forest Green Rovers the visitors to The Energy Check County Ground (3pm Kick-Off).

Dave Flitcroft's side haven't played since New Years Day and, having used their break wisely, they will certainly be refreshed and raring to go come kick-off. 

Rovers, on the other hand, were in action last weekend when they defeated Port Vale while they were knocked out of the Checkatrade Trophy by Yeovil Town in midweek.

LAST TIME WE MET:

 

Christian Doidge scored the only goal of the game at SN1 to secure a place in the next round of the Checkatrade Trophy for Forest Green at the expense of Town.

FULL RECORD V FOREST GREEN ROVERS: 

P W D L F A
3 2 0 1 5 3

TICKET NEWS:

TICKET NEWS: 

Home fans will be able to buy on the day from the ticket windows right up until kick-off.

Away supporters will be able to purchase tickets right up until kick-off from the Away Ticket Office, which is located at the far end of the Arkells Stand. 

PRICES:

Category Side Stands Better Town End
Adults £23 £19
Over 65's/Students £17 £15
U21's £10 £10
U18's  £6 £6
U11's/U11's Junior Reds £2/FREE £2

ONE TO WATCH:

Forest Green bolstered their frontline significantly last week with the addition of Reuben Reid, who is prolific at this level. 

He made an immediate impact too, scoring the winner on his debut against Port Vale to hand his new side a crucial three points. 

While Christian Doidge is still Rovers' main source of goals, Reid gives Mark Cooper's side a different outlet and allows them to mix up their playing style, which could make them a dangerous animal. 

TOP SCORERS:

SWINDON TOWN - Luke Norris (10)

FOREST GREEN ROVERS - Christian Doidge (12)

TEAM NEWS: 

SWINDON TOWN could hand a debut to new recruit Ollie Banks, although Dave Flitcroft could opt to stick with a winning team which would mean a place on the bench for the on-loan Oldham Athletic man.

Donal McDermott could miss out with a groin strain while Lawrence Vigouroux won't be involved due to an internal club matter.

Dion Conroy remains on the long-term injury list while both Chris Hussey and Timi Elsnik are still on their respective road to recoveries. 

FOREST GREEN ROVERS will be without Dale Bennett (ankle) for tomorrow's game while Charlie Cooper will also miss out as he serves the second of a three-game ban.

However, they could hand a debut to new signing Haydn Hollis who became the club's sixth addition this month following his arrival from Notts County.

A WORD FROM BOTH CAMPS:

Dave Flitcroft, Swindon Town Manager: "They've got a certain way of playing and Mark (Cooper) has always done that - he's got a certain philosophy and Forest Green have had that for a long period.

"It is difficult when you come up in this league because it is about being robust, staying in it and being resilient.

"But what Mark has been able to do is get to the window, which is always important, reassess things and maybe change things by going with more robust and stronger players.

"He's gone down a different route in terms of recruitment and the DNA of a player to maybe combat that physicality that you do encounter in League Two week in and week out. 

"They certainly look stronger and robust through their recruitment strategy in January."

MARK COOPER, FOREST GREEN ROVERS MANAGER:

"It is still three points. It is a game that we want to win and we want to follow on from last Saturday.

"Swindon is a big club in League Two, a big crowd, big stadium. They will be hoping to get the points to try and get back in the Play-Off picture and we need the three points for a different reason.

"They have some experienced players and they just waited for us to make those mistakes (in the last league games between the teams). 

"They've had some good results. They beat Notts County a couple of weeks ago, they won away at Barnet and we are aware it is going to be a tough game. 

"We'll have to play as well as we did last week to get any points."

ELSEWHERE IN LEAGUE TWO (3PM UNLESS STATED):

Cambridge United v Mansfield Town

Carlisle United v Crewe Alexandra

Cheltenham Town v Accrington Stanley

Chesterfield v Luton Town 

Crawley Town v Barnet 

Exeter City v Coventry City

Grimsby Town v Newport County

Lincoln City v Newport County

Morecambe v Stevenage

Port Vale v Yeovil Town 

Wycombe Wanderers v Colchester United

OFFICIALS:

Referee - Dean Whitestone

Assistants - Simon Knapp & Christopher Wade

Fourth Official - Amy Fearn

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In the wake of the game, https:\\www.swindontownfc.co.uk\ will be the place to go with a full match report, plenty of reaction and pictures available to view and read through shortly after the final whistle.

Here’s to three points!

 

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MATCH REPORT: Swindon Town 1-0 Forest Green Rovers

Reds Make It Back-To-Back Home Wins

13 January 2018

Swindon Town produced another gutsy display to beat Forest Green Rovers 1-0 at The Energy Check County Ground this afternoon.

There was nothing to separate the two teams following a cagey first-half, although Keshi Anderson did go close for the hosts on two occasions.

Luke Norris was able to pop up with the winner after the interval though to make it back-to-back home wins and three victories on the trot for his side. 

Town Boss Dave Flitcroft made just one change to the team that beat Barnet on New Years Day with new signing Ollie Banks replacing Amine Linganzi in midfield a day after arriving on loan from Oldham Athletic.

Donal McDermott also missed out having picked up a groin strain in the week, while Luke Norris and Kaiyne Woolery were the men chosen to lead the line in a 3-5-2 formation.

Town went into the game looking to make it three wins on the bounce and go about making SN1 a real fortress. 

They were able to enjoy a bright start too with much of the opening exchanges played in the visitors' half of the pitch. 

A poor corner allowed Kaiyne Woolery the chance to lead a counter-attack and he was able to set Keshi Anderson clear, but the attacker's cross was an easy one for Brad Collins to snuff out.

Luke Norris then saw his drive from range deflected behind for a corner, before Olly Lancashire had to throw himself in the way of a Reuben Reid shot at the other end of the pitch.

Forest Green had their moments too though as they looked to make a bright start to proceedings, although Christian Doidge wasn't able to get a clean connection on Dayle Grubb's cross and his header drifted wide.

The best chance of the game went Town's way however with just under twenty-minutes played as Woolery beat his man with sheer pace before cutting the ball back into the path of Anderson, but the striker's shot was somehow kept out courtesy of a superb save from Collins.

There was then a break in play with Rovers' Farrend Rawson needing medical treatment, and he was eventually forced off with Scott Laird his replacement. 

Swindon were doing most of the attacking but their final ball was just letting them down with clear-cut chances proving to be rare. 

However, they were able to finish the first-half well on top and they were unlucky not to take a lead in at the break.

Ollie Banks, who had enjoyed a solid first 45-minutes in a Town shirt, saw his drive deflected behind before Anderson forced another brilliant stop from Collins after being teed up by Norris. 

It took a few minutes for the first real action of the second-half to take place and it involved Forest Green as Doidge brought a Lee Collins cross down on his chest, before firing a shot towards goal which Reice Charles-Cook was able to smother.

There was little between the two sides and goalmouth action was proving hard to come by at either end. 

Town were trying their best to make the breakthrough though and they had a couple of chances in quick succession. 

The first opportunity came following good work from Norris who was able to hold off a challenge and feed Woolery, but his drive fizzed just past the post.

And Woolery had a second bite of the cherry just moments later after running into some space but, as per his first effort, he was only able to blast wide.

Anderson was the next player to try and make something happen but his shot cannoned off a defender and comfortably looped into the arms of Collins. 

With the game reaching its latter stages, Town decided to freshen things up by making a double change with Paul Mullin and Kellan Gordon replacing Kaiyne Woolery and Kyle Knoyle respectively.

And those changes looked to have done the trick as The Reds finally made the breakthrough just moments later.

Anderson was allowed to get a shot away and it was parried only as far as Norris, who was eventually able to stab home the opener following a bit of a goalmouth scramble.

In order to protect their lead, Town made another change as Ben Purkiss came on with Anderson making way. 

And it worked as The Reds were able to dig in and see out the rest of the game with ease to record a big three points.

TEAMS AND STATS: 

SCORERS - Luke Norris (78).

SWINDON TOWN (3-5-2) - Charles-Cook; Preston, Lancashire (C), Robertson; Knoyle (Kellan Gordon 76), Dunne, Banks, Anderson (Ben Purkiss 82), Iandolo; Woolery (Paul Mullin 76), Norris.

SUBS NOT USED - Henry, Taylor, Brophy, Goddard.

FOREST GREEN ROVERS (3-5-2) - Collins; Gunning, Hollis, Rawson (Scott Laird 27); Wishart (Alex Whittle 88), Collins (C), Osbourne, Grubb (Keanue Marsh-Browne 74), Monthe; Reid, Doidge. 

SUBS NOT USED - Brown, Simpson, Pickering, Spurrier. 

BOOKINGS: 

SWINDON TOWN - James Dunne, Keshi Anderson, Paul Mullin.

FOREST GREEN ROVERS - Dayle Grubb, Daniel Wishart, Reuben Reid, Gavin Gunning.

Referee - Dean Whitestone.

Attendance - 7,062.

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