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MATCH PREVIEW: Walsall v Swindon Town

Swindon Town’s season all comes down to this as they know that a win at Walsall will guarantee their spot in the post-season at the very least. Total Sport Swindon’s Joe Acklam previews Town’s curtain-closing trip.

Swindon Town’s season all comes down to this as they know that a win at Walsall will guarantee their spot in the post-season at the very least. Total Sport Swindon’s Joe Acklam previews Town’s curtain-closing trip.

Town’s first four match winning run of the season has taken them into the final day of the season with their fate in their own hands, and even an outside shot at automatic promotion.

All of the dominos fell into place last weekend as Louis Reed’s calmness gave Swindon a 2-1 victory at home to Barrow, and Sutton, Northampton, Mansfield, Salford, and Port Vale all dropped points and were it not for a dramatic Bristol Rovers comeback then it would have been the dream May Day bank holiday weekend for the Robins.

Walsall are all that stand in Swindon and 3,500 travelling fans’ way of prolonging their push for promotion, be it via claiming the last automatic spot or taking part in the play-offs.

But Mike Flynn’s men do not seem to want to take their additional holiday, as they have won five out of their last six home games, despite having very little to play for, all that is at stake for the Saddlers on Saturday would be a 14th placed finish.

However, Flynn has already outlined his desire to fulfil the role of party pooper on Saturday and react to the atmosphere that the packed away crowd will bring.

This will be the third instalment of Swindon vs Walsall this season, with Town presently leading 7-1 on aggregate, courtesy of a 5-0 Swindon win in February.

It was that 5 star performance in Flynn’s second game in charge at the Bescot Stadium, notable for it announcing the emergence of Ricky Aguiar in Swindon’s first team, which will give Town confidence that there are goals to be had, in addition to their FA Cup second round victory in this stadium back in December.

Looking for omen’s in this match-ups previous outcomes would draw you to 5th May 2007 when Swindon vs Walsall was last a final day of the season clash, and Swindon clinched promotion from League Two that day in third place, given that Bristol Rovers play Scunthorpe it would be an incredible surprise if that were to be the end result of this fixture once again.

Ben Garner has revealed a clean bill of health for this game, aside from the season ending injuries of which we were already aware, with Jojo Wollacott still not 100%, Lewis Ward is likely to continue adeptly deputising between the sticks.

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