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Swindon Town V Morecambe - Four Keys To The Game

We Look Ahead To Good Friday Matchup

28 March 2018

Swindon Town will be hoping to get the key Easter period off to a winning start against Morecambe on Good Friday at The Energy Check County Ground.

It is a huge game for various reasons and we have picked out the major keys to the contest...

BROWN'S RED AND WHITE ARMY:

Phil Brown has already overseen two games since filling the Town hot-seat but Friday will see the 58-year-old step into the home dugout at The Energy Check County Ground for the very first time.

It is an exciting proposition for Brown who feels he has already developed a connection with the Swindon faithful. 

After winning one and losing the other in his first two games in charge, Brown will be keen as mustard to deliver a victory on his home debut on what is a big day for the Reds.

And, should he cap off a special day with a huge three points then Brown's tenure at STFC would have got off to a pretty decent start.

CAN GOOD FRIDAY BE A GREAT FRIDAY?

Easter periods in football always have the potential to be season defining, and there is no doubt that this weekend could be huge when it comes to Town's hopes of promotion.

Following the defeat to Exeter last time out, the Reds are currently ninth in the Sky Bet League Two table but only three points off the final Play-Off berth. 

With a number of our promotion rivals playing each other this weekend, a win on Friday could well make the standings look a whole lot rosier come 5pm and set things up nicely for our trip to Crawley on Easter Monday.

There is no doubt that Morecambe will prove to be a very tough assignment but, given what is at stake, the motivation should already be there for the Town players to make Good Friday a great one.

SELECTION QUANDARIES:

Phil Brown hinted that he wasn't happy with one or two performances during the defeat to Exeter, which could translate into a couple of fresh faces coming into the fold on Friday.

Ollie Banks is available again after serving a three-match ban and the new dad will be hoping to carry on from where he left off after impressing before his sending-off at Chesterfield.

Amine Linganzi returned from injury last weekend and was handed a cameo against The Grecians and, with Brown suggesting that he will pick players suited for a war of attrition, the powerful midfielder could well get the nod to start in the middle of the park.

Brown was also given food for thought in attack last week with Kaiyne Woolery grabbing his chance to shine with both hands, capping off a hugely encouraging display against Exeter with a well-taken goal.

Will he keep faith with the pacy frontman or will leading scorer Luke Norris be restored to the Starting XI? 

Time will tell...

GOING FOR FIVE ON THE TROT:

Although they haven't had the pleasure on that many occasions, Town certainly enjoy their outings against Morcambe having won all four of the fixtures played out between the two sides.

This stretches back to the first-ever meeting between the teams back in December 2006, when a Cristian Roberts penalty was enough to send the Reds through to the next round of The FA Cup.

Town also did battle against The Shrimps in their last season in League Two, winning both games on their way to capturing the Title.

A good omen perhaps?

And Phil Brown's side will be hoping to make it a double on Friday with Town already one-up on Morecambe this season thanks to Donal McDermott's wonder goal back in August 2017.

Make no bones about it, however, this will be a tough battle and Jim Bentley's teams are famous for their grit and tenacity.

They will look to suck us into a real war and the ugly side of the game will have to be done before we can play our football and, hopefully, bring our undoubted quality to the table. 

But, with six goals and none conceded in the last four meetings with Morecambe, history is certainly on our side and win number five against our guests could well prove to be the most important yet. 


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