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12 February 2019

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Richie Wellens said his players looked confident in training following victory against MK Dons at the weekend.

Wellens looked ahead to the challenge of another promotion-chasing side in Forest Green Rovers, as they visit the County Ground on Tuesday evening after the original fixture was postponed due to heavy snowfall around SN1.

Rovers lost against relegation strugglers Notts County at the weekend, and the Swindon boss expects a tactical reaction.

“They changed shape on Saturday for the first time in a few weeks but then went behind so reverted back to their old system. I would imagine they’ll start with three at the back, very open – they’re a very good footballing team. Their pitch isn’t the greatest at the minute so I think they’ll enjoy ours but it’s up to us to try and destruct their game and implement our game on them.

“We also have to fill the right areas of the pitch so they can’t pass round it. Looking at the demeanour of the players in training, they look confident and we’ll hopefully take that forward into tomorrow.”

On injuries, there was one fresh worry from Saturday, and an update on Luke Woolfenden who missed out on the win against the Dons at the weekend.

“Matty (Taylor) has a chance – it just ended up being a knock to his calf. Woolfenden will still be out but will hopefully be back for the next game. I would imagine we’d be lucky to get him for next Saturday.”

After another away win on Saturday, Wellens reaffirmed his initial reaction to the game.

“Watching the game back Sunday morning it just confirmed what we thought after the game – sometimes it can trick you being at ground level, what you see.

“You see the videos back sometimes and you change your mind a little bit but it more-or-less confirmed what we thought about the game. I think we just needed to be slightly neater in our counter-attacks and make sure they can’t counter us back.”


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