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MATCH PREVIEW: Swindon Town V Bristol Rovers

All you need to know ahead of tomorrow

21 January 2022

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Swindon Town will be looking to take the Derby Day spoils when they host Bristol Rovers at The County Ground on Saturday.

Ben Garner's team lock horns with their local rivals in the EFL Sky Bet League Two tomorrow - with the game kicking-off at the earlier time of 1pm.

Local bragging rights and a huge three points is at stake for both teams, so allow us to get you set for what will be a mouthwatering contest...

LAST TIME WE MET

Goals from Jack Payne, Ben Gladwin and Harry McKirdy in a superb second-half gave Town all three points when these two sides last met at The Memorial Stadium in October 2021.

LAST FIVE

Season / Date Competition  Result  Town Scorers
2021-22 - 2 Oct (A) Sky Bet League Two 1-3 Payne, Gladwin, McKirdy
2020-21 - 23 Mar (A) Sky Bet League One 0-1 Payne
2020-21 - 21 Nov (H) Sky Bet League One 1-0 Pitman 
2019-20 - 13 Nov (A) Leasing.Com Trophy 1-0  
2017-18 - 8 Nov (A) Checkatrade Trophy 2-4 Goddard, Mullin, Gordon, Woolery

FULL RECORD V BRISTOL ROVERS

P W D L F A
153 68 20 65 219 227

TICKET NEWS

There will be NO tickets on sale on the day on Saturday. However, Town fans can still currently buy tickets online by clicking right HERE.

TEAM NEWS

Jack Payne and Mathieu Baudry are both progressing well but won't feature tomorrow, while Jojo Wollacott could be involved after returning from African Cup of Nations duty with Ghana.

For Bristol Rovers, they will be able to call upon the services of former Town striker Leon Clarke, who is back in contention after recovering from a long lay-off.

A WORD FROM BOTH CAMPS...

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Ben Garner, Swindon Town Head Coach: "We need to be very intense with what we do, particularly without the ball, but with the ball we want to try and play our game and have as much control of that game tomorrow as we can.

"We want to create as much as we can, play on the front foot and we had real domination for long periods against Port Vale last week. We had over 20 shots on goal, they only had three and that's what we want to try and recreate as much as we possibly can.

"They have a big squad at Rovers with one of the bigger budgets in the league, lots of quality within their squad and we know we are going to have to be very, very good to win the game.

"That's all we will focus on."

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Joey Barton, Bristol Rovers Manager: "We've progressed as a team and we're certainly a much more balanced outfit now.

"The best is out in front of us and we feel we can go to these stadiums against sides that have had a good start to the year and probably show a different look to what we did when we faced them earlier in the year.

"We're moving in the right direction but it will be another tough test for us at Swindon on Saturday."

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ONE TO WATCH

Leon Clarke is a well-known name to Town fans having spent a short spell at The County Ground during the 2011-12 season, and he signed for Rovers back in the summer.

A serious injury has kept Clarke out since October but, now back in contention for Saturday, the experienced striker will be looking to do some damage against his former team.

ELSEWHERE IN SKY BET LEAGUE TWO

Barrow v Mansfield Town (3pm)

Crawley Town v Tranmere Rovers (3pm)

Forest Green Rovers v Carlisle United (3pm)

Harrogate Town v Oldham Athletic (3pm)

Hartlepool United v Stevenage (3pm)

Leyton Orient v Port Vale (3pm)

Rochdale v Bradford City (3pm)

Salford City v Colchester United (3pm)

Scunthorpe United v Newport County (3pm)

Sutton United v Northampton Town (3pm)

Walsall v Exeter City (3pm)

OFFICIALS

Referee - Tom Nield

Assistant Referee - Conor Farrell 

Assistant Referee - Kevin Howick 

Fourth Official - Marvyn Amphlett

FOLLOW THE ACTION LIVE

Not at The County Ground on Saturday? 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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