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BIG MATCH PREVIEW: Swindon Town V Salford City

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26 February 2022

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Swindon Town will be looking to make it four wins on the bounce when they entertain Salford City at The County Ground this afternoon.

Ben Garner's team are back in EFL Sky Bet League Two action later - 3pm Kick-Off - having won three on the bounce with three straight clean sheets and 11 goals scored.

Salford, meanwhile, come into today's game on the cusp of the Play-Off places and they will be hoping to pick up a big win in order to keep pace with the rest of the pack.

Allow us to get you set for a big game of football today...

LAST TIME WE MET...

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Jack Payne scored the only goal of the game early in the second-half as Town secured a hard-fought 1-0 win away at Salford earlier this season.

TICKET NEWS

Town fans can purchase tickets in person prior to kick-off, and online right up until half-time by clicking HERE.

TEAM NEWS

Dion Conroy is back in contention for the Reds but Ben Gladwin remains out, while today might come too soon for Jack Payne, who is continuing his recovery from a knee injury.

For Salford, they will be without Donald Love, Ash Eastham, Josh Morris and Ian Henderson, while Matty Willock and Luke Burgess will hope to be back in contention.

A WORD FROM THE TOWN CAMP

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Ben Garner, Swindon Town Head Coach: "There’s certainly been a change in style from when we played them earlier in the season to how they’re playing now, but they’re on the edge of the Play-Offs and obviously looking to push on and they’ll have ambitions to do that, so, you know, they’ve recruited in January and that’s given them a focal point in terms of Matt Smith that they brought in and they’re a good team.

"Experienced, lots of depth there and a good manager in Gary Bowyer, so, we’re well aware of what a tough challenge it's going to be.

"As always, we need to fully respect that but certainly have no fear whatsoever and go in and impose ourselves and play our game."

ONE TO WATCH

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MATT SMITH - Salford pulled off quite the coup in January when they signed the towering frontman to an 18-month contract following his departure from Millwall. 

A proven goalscorer in the EFL, Smith has scored goals at every level he's played at, and his height and excellence in the air will make him a key focal point in the Salford attack.

Everything The Ammies do today will no doubt go through Smith, and the Town back-line will have to be prepared for a physical battle if they want to come out on top this afternoon. 

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OFFICIALS

Referee - John Busby 

Assistant Referee - Mark Derrien

Assistant Referee - Graham Kane

Fourth Official - Craig Hick

FOLLOW THE ACTION LIVE

Not at The County Ground today? Don’t panic because there are numerous ways to keep up to date with all the action.

Live updates will be available on our Twitter and Facebook pages, in addition to our Match Centre on the website, which can be found at the top of the home page on matchdays.

In the wake of the game, https://www.swindontownfc.co.uk/ will be the place to go with a full report, reaction and pictures available to view and read through shortly after the final whistle.

 


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