In case you missed it see what’s in this section
KEY POINTS: Ben Garner's pre-Northampton Town press conference
SWINDON TOWN will be seeking to extend their unbeaten away record tomorrow as they travel to face Northampton Town in the latest round of League Two fixtures. Read below as Total Sport Swindon's Ryan Walker rounded up all of the key talking points from Ben Garner's pre-match press conference that took place earlier today.
Jordan Lyden and Mathieu Baudry are both available. McKirdy unlikely to feature.
Having been out injured since the start of the season, Mathieu Baudry and Jordan Lyden are finally available for selection after recovering from their respective injuries. Having participated in a full week’s training for the first time this season, Lyden and Baudry could featured in tomorrow’s matchday squad.
Speaking on the pair, Ben Garner said:
"We have one or two that won't make the weekend but anyone that does miss out this weekend will be back in contention next week.
“Mathieu Baudry and Jordan Lyden have trained this week and after this morning we will make a decision on the squad and finalise the squad that will travel to Northampton.
“I saw Jordan Lyden a lot at Aston Villa and here at Swindon but I have been really impressed with him as a character,” he said.
However, the chances of seeing Harry McKirdy make the trip to Northampton are slim.
The forward has apparently not fully recovered from an injury he picked up leading into last week’s Port Vale match with a late decision expected to be made on his availability.
Garner said: “Harry McKirdy we are still assessing and will be making a decision after training. Anthony Grant is back in training on Monday.”
Northampton will provide set-piece test
Having conceded just four times this season, Northampton boast one of the leagues best defensive units with The Cobblers yet to concede in a victory.
However Garner is more concerned about the attacking threat Jon Brady's side pose at the other end of the pitch, with the STFC Head Coach highlighting set-pieces as an area he expects Swindon to be tested in.
Giving his pre-match analysis, Garner said:
"They've made a good start to the season and with their clean-sheets are very well organised and very structured.
“They pose a threat and are very good off set-pieces so we know it will be a tough game. We are unbeaten away from home and will be going there looking to win the game.
“We're focusing on ourselves and need to be better in what we do. That has been our big focus this week and I'm fully expecting a much stronger performance,” said Garner.
Garner sticking by season aims of avoiding relegation
Prior to the start of the League Two season, Ben Garner explained how this season was about keeping Swindon in the English Football League pyramid.
However the arrival of a wealth of talent throughout the summer combining with Swindon making a strong start to the season, many fans are expecting Swindon to challenge for promotion.
When asked if he will be changing his pre-season expectation, Garner insisted avoiding relegation is still the priority.
"The aim of staying in the league hasn't changed from our perspective. We had that aim of staying in the league and putting the club on a strong footing,” said Garner.
“From that we will do as well as we can. We aren't lacking ambition or drive, we want to do as well as we can this season, but the important thing is to do that from a secure base and not get carried away or build things on quicksand.
“We want to finish as high as we can in the league as every team does but we are fully aware of the situation the club was in when we walked through the door and the important thing is we maintain the great history of this club and keep it in the football league,” he added.
Garner expects big things from Tyreece Simpson
Tyreece Simpson has endured a mixed start to life as a Swindon Town player, with many fans and pundits alike insisting Swindon needed a proven goalscoring striker at the club if they were to challenge for top honours.
But with the club failing to bring in another striker during the transfer window, 19-year-old Simpson carries all the pressure of being Swindon’s number 9, and having scored two goals already this season, Garner revealed he is expecting a big season from the attacker.
"I think he will only improve. He has a fantastic attitude, a great character and is improving every day - and I do mean every day,” stated Garner.
“You see him on the training ground, his movement, his understanding of the game, his finishing, his understanding defensively of when to press and how to press.
“He is a great kid who is getting better all the time and I fully expect him to keep doing that this season.
“There may be ups and downs as you expect with a 19-year-old but I love him to bits, he is a fantastic player and I'm certain he will do fantastic for us this season,” said Garner.
Weather in Swindon