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MATCH PREVIEW: ACCRINGTON STANLEY (A)

5 March 2021

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A second away match in a row takes Swindon Town to Accrington Stanley, where The Reds will be looking to avenge a painful home defeat earlier in the season.

All the way back in November, a first half blitz from Accrington Stanley overcame The Town side 3-0 at the County Ground, in what was a painful first home match for The Gaffer.

However, this is a very different Swindon side who have won two of their last four matches and have taken confidence from strong away performances against the likes of Lincoln City, Charlton Athletic, Ipswich Town and, on Tuesday night, Sunderland.

Charlie Wyke’s 70th minute goal was enough to secure the three points for The Black Cats, who for the closing stages had their backs to the wall in the closing stages of the contest.

Town are also rejuvenated having moved themselves out of the dreaded relegation zones, but with only four points separating the bottom of the league and 18th position, any and every point gained is vital.

The opposition:

Accrington Stanley have established themselves as one of the front runners for promotion this season and currently sit in eighth position

John Coleman’s side have enjoyed some outstanding periods this season, recording four wins and two draws in six games between November and December, as well as only suffering one defeat in eight matches between the closing stages of January and February.

However, they are currently winless in their last four matches drawing 1-1 at home to Shrewsbury and away to Fleetwood, as well as losing 2-0 away to Crewe Alexandra and being defeated 2-1 at home by Ipswich Town.

In their last two matches they have deployed a 3-5-2 and a 3-4-1-2 formation, however they can also function with a four-man defence.

What is consistent is their utilisation of three midfielders, as Accrington look to the likes of Matt Butcher, captain Seamus Conneely, Paul Smyth and Joe Pritchard to control possession and the tempo of the match as well as create chances for Dion Charles and Colby Bishop who top Stanley’s top goalscoring charts with 14 goals and 7 goals respectively.

Team news:

Joel Grant and Tyler Smith are still not ready to be selected for the squad to face Accrington, while Jordan Lyden will return to the squad having been left out at Sunderland. Connal Trueman will keep his place between the sticks for Town.

How to Watch:

Tomorrow'a game is available to stream via iFollow STFC, where supporters are able to purchase a Match Pass for a fee of £10.


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