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MATCH PREVIEW: Grimsby Town vs Swindon

Swindon Town will be hoping to extend their eight-game unbeaten run as they travel to Cleethorpes to face Grimsby this weekend. Total Sport’s Joe Acklam previews the League Two clash.

Scott Lindsey seems to have won some Swindon supporters around with back-to-back league wins and some exuberant post-match antics at the Eco-Power Stadium last Saturday as Jacob Wakeling got his second straight winner to defeat Doncaster.

The Swindon Town head coach feels that his team have gotten into a good rhythm despite a frustrating start to the season.

He said: “We are in a good place, I know Tuesday was a backwards step in terms of the result but I feel that the players on the pitch got the minutes that they needed.

“I feel that we have improved game on game, but I also feel that regardless of the results we are performing, Sutton was a really good performance and so was Doncaster.

“We like the results, of course, but I analyse the performance and think ‘are we improving?’ and I felt that in the last two [league] games we have looked more like the team that I want us to be.

“We are one point ahead of where we were at this time last season and I will take that as a positive and it must show that we are in a better place.”

The opposition this week are newly promoted Grimsby Town, who sit one point above Swindon in eighth place in League Two, having only let in five goals in eight games and much like Town have not lost since the opening day, against Leyton Orient.

The last time these two were in the same division, Swindon did the double over the Mariners, but prior to that it has not been such a happy match-up for the Robins, losing four of the previous five and not having beaten them since 2006.

Scott Lindsey said of tomorrow’s opposition: “I don’t think they have won at home yet [in the league], so it could be a bit of pressure on them possibly.

“They have a very good, experienced manager in Paul Hurst who I like a lot, his sides are always hard to play against and they have a good sprinkling of experience in the team.

“Luke Waterfall at the back and Luke Taylor at the top of the pitch are both very experienced, and then they have some good loan players, [Lewis] Richardson from Burnley looks a handful, and [Andy] Smith from Hull has done well for them at centre half.

“It is also a tough place to go and they are well followed, but we are prepared and looking forward to the game.”

The injury list makes for good reading this week as only Tomi Adeloye is fully ruled out of action after Angus MacDonald’s scan came back clear, but Reece Devine, Ellis Iandolo, and Rushian Hepburn-Murphy are all not fit enough to start the game.


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