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BIG MATCH PREVIEW: Tranmere Rovers V Swindon Town

All you need to know ahead of tonight

8 February 2022

Swindon Town are back on the road tonight as they take on Tranmere Rovers in the EFL Sky Bet League Two at Prenton Park.

The Reds are in action at Prenton Park later - 7:45pm Kick-Off - and will be looking to pick up a big three points after losing to Exeter City at the weekend.

Tranmere, meanwhile, drew with Barrow on Saturday and the second-placed team will be looking to extend the gap between them and Town with a win tonight.

Allow us to get you set for what should be a mouthwatering contest...

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LAST TIME WE MET

Despite both teams having plenty of chances, the game finished 0-0 when Town and Tranmere did battle at The County Ground on August 17th 2021.

LAST FIVE

Season / Date Competition  Result  Town Scorers
2021-22 - 17 Aug (H) Sky Bet League Two 0-0  
2018-19 - 19 Jan (A) Sky Bet League Two 1-2 Richards, Doughty
2018-19 - 18 Aug (H) Sky Bet League Two 3-2 Adebayo, Richards, Romanski
2013-14 - 25 Mar (A) Sky Bet League One 1-2 A. Smith, Storey 
2013-14 - 5 Oct (H) Sky Bet League One 1-0 N'Guessan 

FULL RECORD V TRANMERE ROVERS

P W D L F A
69 31 17 21 107 84

TICKET NEWS

Town fans will be able to purchase tickets on the gate tonight, but with a £3 price increase.

For those needing to collect already purchased tickets, you can do so from Prenton Park prior to Kick-Off.

TEAM NEWS

Town will be without Jack Payne who continues to work his way back from a knee injury, while Dion Conroy will miss his second straight game with an achilles injury.

There's more bad news on the injury front, too, with Jordan Lyden facing months on the sideline after rupturing his achilles during Saturday's loss to Exeter.

Jay Spearing will miss out for Tranmere, who are also waiting to see if Josh McPake will be available to play in tonight's game.

A WORD FROM THE TOWN CAMP:

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Ben Garner, Swindon Town Head Coach: "So it’s a game we’re looking forward to.

"Our record, particularly away from home against the top teams is very very good, you know, and we can go there with real confidence.

"We’ve gone to Forest Green and won, we’ve gone to Newport, we’ve been to Sutton, we’ve been to Port Vale, we drew at Northampton.

"Against the teams at the top end of the table in this division, we’ve done very well away from home, so we have to take confidence from that and we just need that win to turn this momentum around. One game can change everything and hopefully that can be tomorrow night.

"Their defence has been their strength, without a shadow of a doubt. Peter Clarke is still one of the best in the division for what he does and defending that final third and they’re very organised under Mick (Micky Mellon) and are a really hard-working team.

"They play different shapes at different times, he’s got good versatility there, but their strength has been their defensive organisation and resilience. They’ve not let many goals in and that’s been the foundation for the success of their season so far."

ELSEWHERE IN SKY BET LEAGUE TWO

Carlisle United v Port Vale (7:45pm)

Exeter City v Leyton Orient (7:45pm)

Forest Green Rovers v Rochdale (7:45pm)

Harrogate Town v Crawley Town (7:45pm)

Hartlepool United v Barrow (7:45pm)

Mansfield Town v Colchester United (7:45pm)

Northampton Town v Newport County (7:45pm)

Oldham Athletic v Bristol Rovers (7:45pm)

Scunthorpe United v Walsall (7:45pm)

Stevenage v Bradford City (7:45pm)

Sutton United v Salford City (7:45pm)

OFFICIALS 

Referee - Simon Mather

Assistant Referee - Jonathon Bickerdike

Assistant Referee - Oliver Bickle

Fourth Official - Peter Gooch

FOLLOW THE ACTION LIVE

Not making the trip to Tranmere tonight? Don’t panic because there are numerous ways to keep up to date with all the action.

Live updates will be available on our Twitter and Facebook pages, in addition to our Match Centre on the website, which can be found at the top of the home page on matchdays.

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

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Match Reports

MATCH REPORT: Tranmere Rovers 3-0 Swindon Town

Tough night at the office for the Reds

8 February 2022

Swindon Town endured a night to forget after suffering a 3-0 defeat to Tranmere Rovers at Prenton Park in the EFL Sky Bet League Two tonight.

Kane Hemmings wasted little time in giving the home team an early lead, a lead that was doubled early in the second-half thanks to Paul Glatzel's close-range finish.

Hemmings added his second goal of the night from the penalty spot in the closing stages, and that wrapped up what was a frustrating loss for the Reds.

Town Head Coach Ben Garner made just the one change with Ellis Iandolo coming in to replace the injured Jordan Lyden, who is set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

There was a chance right of the bat for the hosts as Paul Glatzel broke into the box before seeing his shot blocked, with the ball rolling into the path of Lewis Warrington who thumped a shot wide.

But Tranmere would open the scoring moments later thanks to Kane Hemmings, who was played clean through on goal by Glatzel before keeping his cool to slot the ball past Jojo Wollacott and put his team ahead.

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Tranmere nearly doubled their tally after Hemmings flicked the ball into the path of Glatzel, who smashed a shot from a tight angle against the bar.

Town were able to muster up their first real chance just past the 20-minute mark as Josh Davison rose highest to meet Joe Tomlinson's cross, but his flicked header flashed wide of the post, before Hemmings launched an ambitious volley from a tight angle and way out over the bar.

Swindon were then forced into a change just shy of the half-hour mark as Jayden Mitchell-Lawson came on to replace Jonny Williams, who had taken a knock earlier in the game.

Hemmings tried his luck again from distance but his effort was gathered by Wollacott, and the rest of the half went by without any real clear-cut chances for either team.

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HALF-TIME: TRANMERE ROVERS 1-0 SWINDON TOWN

It was more of the same after the break as Tranmere remained in control, with Lee O'Connor's drive being dealt with by Wollacott who gathered the shot at the second attempt.

However, Rovers would double their advantage minutes later as Josh Dacres-Cogley fired in a pinpoint low cross, which was smashed home from close-range by Glatzel.

It should have been 3-0 past the hour mark as Warrington played an inch-perfect pass through to Hemmings to set the striker clean through on goal, but he could only place his shot wide despite being one-on-one with Wollacott.

But Hemmings would go on to atone for that miss with less than twenty minutes remaining, scoring from the penalty spot after O'Brien had brought down Davies inside the box.

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Town then made a change as Josh Davison made way for Harry Parsons, before another quickly followed as Ricky Aguiar replaced Harry McKirdy. 

Following a coming together on the touchline in the wake of a rash challenge from Ellis Iandolo, Town Assistant Coach Scott Marshall was shown a red card as the Reds' night went from bad to worse.

And that was that as a frustrating and tough evening came to a close for Town, who suffered their second defeat on the bounce.

FINAL SCORE: TRANMERE ROVERS 3-0 SWINDON TOWN

TEAMS AND STATS

TRANMERE ROVERS - Doohan; Dacres-Cogley, MacDonald, Davies, Morris, Hemmings (Charlie Jolley 81), Hawkes (Callum McManaman 86), Glatzel (Elliott Nevitt 81), Warrington, O'Connor, Clarke (C).

SUBS NOT USED - Hewelt, Knight-Percival, Foley, McPake.

SCORERS - Kane Hemmings (5, 72), Paul Glatzel (57).

BOOKED - Tom Davies.

SWINDON TOWN - Wollacott; Odimayo, Iandolo, Gladwin, Davison (Harry Parsons 75), McKirdy (Ricky Aguiar 79), Cooper, O'Brien, Williams (Jayden Mitchell-Lawson 29), Tomlinson, Hunt (C).

SUBS NOT USED - Ward, Baudry, Barry, East.

BOOKED - Jayden Mitchell-Lawson, Ellis Iandolo.

SENT-OFF - Scott Marshall (Town Assistant Coach).

Referee - Simon Mather

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