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Preview - Tranmere Rovers

19 February 2013

SWINDON take on Tranmere Rovers tonight hoping to strengthen their promotion credentials against one of their closest rivals. 

The League One leaders were beaten 5-0 on Festive Friday at The County Ground just before Christmas and Fabrizio Piccareta - in caretaker charge this evening - will be looking for the Robins to build on that fine performance at Prenton Park this evening. 

THE VIEW

Defender Jay McEveley has warned Town to expect a backlash from Tranmere after their 5-0 win over Rovers at The County Ground just before Christmas.

Despite the Merseysiders’ recent poor run of form, the full-back expects them to come out fighting.

He said: “They’re not on the greatest of runs at the minute but after what we did to them when they came down here we know they’ll be right up for the game. 

“Any form they had will probably go out the window and it will be a tough game.

“The results over the weekend have gone our way hopefully we can go there, get a result and keep ourselves in that race.”

THE STORY SO FAR

The Merseysiders had led League One for most of the campaign but have recently endured a hiccup and currently sit 5th in the division, a point and a place above the Town.

Since the two sides last met in December, Tranmere have only won five of their eleven matches played. After victory at fellow promotion rivals Brentford at the end of January, Rovers have tasted defeat in their last three outings, two of which were at Prenton Park.   

LAST TIME OUT

Swindon made it an unforgettable Festive Friday just before Christmas, beating Ronnie Moore’s side 5-0 at SN1. First half strikes from Danny Hollands, Raffaele De Vita, Andy Williams and Matt Ritchie had Town four goals up at the break. Williams added his second after half time to cap a five-star home performance. 

Town’s last ten league visits to Prenton Park have yielded three victories, two draws and five defeats. On their last trip, goals from Michael Timlin and Lecsinel Jean-Francois secured a 2-0 victory for already-relegated Town on the final day of the 2010/11 season.

Although it ended in defeat for Town, the meeting between the two sides in May 1993 would go down as a memorable one for Swindon. Despite losing 3-2 in the second leg of the Division One play-off semi-final, two vital strikes from Craig Maskell and John Moncur secured a 5-4 aggregate win for Glenn Hoddle’s men, taking them through to the Wembley final.

TICKETS

Adult - £19 
S/Cit O60/17-22 year old - £11 
Junior (16 & under) - £6

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