SHREWSBURY Town were promoted from League Two alongside Town last season and they make the trip down from Shropshire to SN1 this Saturday.
Swindon extended their unbeaten run to six games last weekend, holding fellow promotion rivals Bournemouth to a 1-1 draw at the Goldsands Stadium.
Manager Paolo Di Canio has called on his players to show a ‘furious attitude’ against the Shrews.
“Shrewsbury will come here with a very good record and they are solid,” he said. “They do not lose many games and we have to be careful. We will discover if they play with Morgan up front, because he is a giant with good ability.
“They have changed a bit since the day we beat them 1-0 earlier in the season, especially at the back. They will fight for the cause but if we can show them that it will be difficult to handle our furious, furious determination, then it will be very tough for them. “
THE STORY SO FAR
Graham Turner’s men currently sit 18th in the division, just seven points clear of the relegation places. Since the end of September, after Swindon took all three points back to Wiltshire in their last encounter, they have only won four times.
However, that statistic appears to be misleading: Shrewsbury are unbeaten since the end of November, registering six draws and two wins. They last tasted defeat in a 1-0 reverse at Oldham on 24th November. After winning at Coventry on New Year’s Day, the Shrews have drawn their last two encounters against Scunthorpe and Hartlepool.
LAST TIME OUT
A rare strike from Simon Ferry secured a 1-0 away victory for Town at Greenhous Meadow back in September.
Alan Connell was the Town’s goalscoring hero the last time the Shrews were in Wiltshire last season. After going a goal down, the striker bagged a brace to hand Swindon a 2-1 victory.
Shrewsbury’s recent record at Wiltshire reveals only one win in their last ten visits. That last win occurred in November 1995 when a 1-0 win was enough to shock Steve McMahon’s second division table toppers.
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