Town will be looking to build on the point they gained away at AFC Wimbledon on Saturday when they entertain in-form Rochdale at The County Ground this evening (7.45pm Kick-Off).
The Reds produced a determined and gutsy display to secure a share of the spoils at Kingsmeadow, with Lawrence Vigouroux producing a superb stop to keep out Lyle Taylor’s first-half penalty.
Rochdale, on the other hand, will be full of confidence heading into this evening’s encounter having defeated local rivals Bury 2-0 on Saturday to record their seventh straight victory in all competitions.
The two sides played each other three times last term with goals from Jon Obika and Nathan Thompson making sure of a point in a 2-2 draw at the Crown Oil Arena in April 2016.
Fabien Robert and Ben Gladwin were on the scoresheet in December 2015 when the Reds ran out 2-1 victors at SN1, whilst Nathaniel Mendez-Laing hit a hat-trick to dump Town out of the FA Cup at Spotland in November 2015.
time that the two sides have locked horns, with Town able to boast the upper hand when it comes to the head-to-head record having recorded eleven wins to Dale’s two.thTonight’s meeting will only be the 20
FULL RECORD V ROCHDALE:
P20 W11 D7 L2 F40 A25
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FORM GUIDE (LAST SIX GAMES IN ALL COMPETITIONS):
TOWN - WLDDLD
ROCHDALE - WWWWWW
J-TOWN on Obika/Michael Doughty (2)
ROCHDALE - Ian Henderson (6)
TOWN - Yaser Kasim is suspended for this evening’s game having picked up his fifth booking of the season during the 0-0 draw with AFC Wimbledon on Saturday.
Raphael Rossi-Branco will sit out the second game of his three match ban whilst Jon Obika, Michael Doughty, Lloyd Jones, Jordan Stewart and Jordan Young will continue to miss out.
ROCHDALE - The Dale will be without key midfielder Peter Vincenti (ankle) for tonight’s game, whilst Jamie Allen (knee) will also miss out. Jim McNulty and Joe Thompson are both rated as doubtful for the game.
A WORD FROM BOTH CAMPS:
Luke Williams, Swindon Town Head Coach: “They’ve got a very good manager and very good staff that are real thinkers and they experiment a lot with the team.
“I think they are getting what they deserve and I feel it was a matter of time for this group to hit a very good run of form.”
Keith Hill, Rochdale Manager: “League position means nothing. For me, it’s not an indicator of the capabilities of the side. Both Swindon and Coventry are capable and they represent an idealistic way of playing football – that’s the way that it’s taught and coached on your qualifying certificates.
“They’ve both got very good players and the games are going to be difficult obstacles to overcome.”
Referee - Gavin Ward
Assistants - Dave Bushell & Craig Hicks
Fourth Official - Brendan Malone
PLAYED FOR BOTH:
Kevin Amankwaah, Charlie Comyn-Platt, Bill Atkins, Tom Heaton, Alan McLoughlin, Tope Obadeyi, Calvin Andrew, David Ball, Stephen Darby, Jake Kean, Simon Gibson, Alan Moore, Arthur Radford, Michael Rose, Alan Reeves, Blair Sturrock.
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