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MATCH PREVIEW: Doncaster Rovers vs Swindon

Swindon Town will be hoping to get back-to-back wins for the first time in the Scott Lindsey era as they travel to a stumbling Doncaster Rovers in League Two. Total Sport’s Joe Acklam previews Swindon’s trip to the Eco-Power Stadium.

Jacob Wakeling’s stoppage time winner against Sutton on Tuesday has helped to change the mood around the County Ground, which had been beginning to sour as fans grew impatient with their new manager.

Scott Lindsey said that having had a chance to watch the game back, he felt he saw the first signs of his team playing as he had envisaged.

He said: “I was really pleased with how we played, on watching it back I noticed certain actions that we have worked on which were really clear to see.

“I was really pleased that we were really front foot, fast, attacking, which is exactly what I wanted, of course I was disappointed that we conceded two goals, but I was very happy with the manner that we played with.

“I think that Tuesday was the nearest we have been to what I want us to be.

“We understand people’s frustrations as they travel a long way and pay a lot of money to come and watch us, but we felt that the win was what we needed to settle everyone down a little bit.”

Gary McSheffrey’s Doncaster had made a strong start to the season but are now left hanging onto their play-off spot following back-to-back defeats against Mansfield Town and Barrow.

Scott Lindsey said of his opposition: “They are a very experienced side, if you look at some of the players that they have got.

“They didn’t have a great result on Tuesday night against Barrow so they will be looking to get back to winning ways, so we know it is going to be a tough game.

“When I look at the results of teams we are about to play, I never like to play a team who have just gotten beaten, because they want to get back on the horse quickly.

“They [Doncaster] mix it up in terms of how they play, they play good football and know when to play forwards and can also roll in and out of different shapes, so we will need to be at our very best to get anything from the game.”

Injury wise, Tomi Adeloye and Rushian Hepburn-Murphy will not be considered for selection, but it was confirmed that Reece Devine and Ellis Iandolo will be making the trip to Yorkshire and could well be apart of the matchday squad for the first time this season.

In recent years Swindon have not played Donny very often, but were beaten twice by them during the League One relegation campaign of 2020/21, despite having won two and drawn one of the three games prior to that back in 2015 and 2016.

In amongst those three was the memorable 2-1 away win which helped propel Swindon into the 2014/15 play-offs as Jonathan Obika scored in the 91st minute to bring all three points back to SN1.


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