Town have the opportunity to stretch their unbeaten run in the league at home to five straight games when they welcome Shrewsbury Town to The County Ground on Saturday (3pm Kick-Off).
Luke Williams’ side haven’t tasted defeat in their last four Sky Bet League One encounters at SN1 and will be looking to secure what would be a huge three points by defeating the Shrews tomorrow.
Town were held to a 0-0 draw at home to Southend United in their opening game of 2017 on Monday, while the Shrews fell to a 1-0 defeat to Fleetwood in their own backyard.
It finished all-square between the two sides when they locked horns in October 2016 with Ivan Toney’s strike cancelling out John Goddard’s early effort for the visitors at the New Meadow.
Town and Shrewsbury have done battle on 61 occasions and the Reds are able to boast the better head-to-head record with 30 wins, compared to the Shrews’ 16 victories.
FULL RECORD V SHREWSBURY TOWN:
P61 W30 D15 L16 F92 A76
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FORM GUIDE (LAST SIX GAMES IN ALL COMPETITIONS):
TOWN - LLDLLD
SHREWSBURY TOWN - WLWLLL
TOWN - Luke Norris (4)
SHREWSBURY TOWN - Louis Dodds (7)
TOWN - Nathan Thompson and Yaser Kasim have both returned to training this week but will be assessed prior to kick-off.
However, Brandon Ormonde-Ottewill and Ellis Iandolo are still recovering from their respective knocks and won’t be considered for selection tomorrow.
SHREWSBURY TOWN - Centre-back Ollie Lancashire has been ruled out of tomorrow’s game with a hamstring concern and Jack Grimmer will also miss out with an ankle injury, but Ryan McGivern could be in contention after resuming full training earlier this week following a lengthy period out of action with a shoulder injury.
Ajay Leitch-Smith is on the comeback trail from a knee injury as is Joe Riley who has been struggling with a long-term knee injury.
However, the Shrews will be able to call upon three new signings for tomorrow’s game with Aristote Nsiala, Alex Rodman and Freddie Ladapo all eligible to feature against the Reds.
A WORD FROM BOTH CAMPS:
Ross Embleton, Swindon Town First-Team Coach: “It is no secret that it is an important game for both teams and it is one where we want to put on a good performance but, at the same time, we know how important trying to get three points is to everybody with the situation we’re in.
“Shrewsbury are a good side but we’ve got to focus on what we do and how the best way is for us to take the game to them, be aggressive and try and get all three points.
“All we can do is worry about ourselves.”
Paul Hurst, Shrewsbury Town Manager: “It’s difficult to say what kind of team and formation they’ll set out – so we’ll have to concentrate on ourselves and our job.
“They can play some very good football so we can’t let them get into a rhythm – despite their league position they will outplay a lot of teams.
“We’ll have to appreciate we might not have too much of the ball and just make sure we try and make it difficult for them.”
Referee - Nigel Miller
Assistants - Paul Hobday & Ian Rathbone
Fourth Official - Graham Horwood
PLAYED FOR BOTH:
Moses Ashikodi, Jamie Cureton, Paul Evans, Tope Obadeyi, Miles Storey, Chic Bates, Rory Fallon, Folo Onibuje, Rhys Sharpe, Adam El-Abd, Jake Jervis, Tim Parkin, Alex Smith.
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