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PREVIEW | Swindon Town vs Rovers

15 January 2021

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Rovers return to league action when they travel to Swindon Town in Sky Bet League One this weekend.

Darren Moore’s side haven’t played in the league since the narrow defeat at home to Shrewsbury Town on December 22. 

 

Swindon’s recent form 

The robins have won just one of their past six games in Sky Bet League One stretching back to a defeat at Gillingham at the start of December. 

After that they were beaten at home to Fleetwood Town and then by Rovers at the Keepmoat Stadium. They battled to a 2-2 draw at home to Charlton before another home defeat to MK Dons. 

Their first game of 2021 brought about a much needed three points, as they beat Ipswich Town 3-2 at Portman Road in front of the Sky cameras.  

 

The man in charge 

Former Rovers midfielder John Sheridan left Wigan Athletic in November to join Swindon and replace another ex-Rover in Richie Wellens, who departed for Sky Bet League Two side Salford City.  

 

Ones to watch  

Dion Conroy 

The central defender joined Swindon on a permanent deal from Premier League side Chelsea in January 2017.  

He has gone onto play more than 50 league games for the club and helped them start last campaign well, before a long-term injury brought his season to an early close, with Swindon able to secure promotion back to the third tier. 

 

Jack Payne 

After coming through the ranks at Southend United, Payne made almost 80 appearances at Roots Hall before a move to Sky Bet Championship side Huddersfield Town in 2016. Having found game time hard to come by in West Yorkshire, the attacking midfielder spent time on loan with Oxford United, Blackburn Rovers and Bradford City before a permanent move to Lincoln City last summer.  

He spent just one season at Sincil Bank before joining Swindon ahead of the current campaign.  

 

Brett Pitman 

The experienced front-man joined Swindon at the start of the season after leaving fellow Sky Bet League One side Portsmouth. 

After making his name in the EFL with AFC Bournemouth, Pitman spent three years with Bristol City before returning to the cherries in 2013. He bagged 34 goals in two years with the club before a move to Ipswich Town. He has continued to score goals at Sky Bet Championship and League One level in recent seasons, and already has four to his name in a Swindon shirt this season. 

 

Last time out  

Rovers beat Swindon 2-1 when the two sides last met in December. A second-half double from Reece James was enough to seal the three points, before a late consolation goal from Diallang Jaiyesimi. 

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