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In focus: Swindon Town match preview

13 November 2020

Take a look at the latest facts and stats ahead of Town's Sky Bet League One fixture with Swindon Town.

Swindon Town travel to Montgomery Waters Meadow this weekend off the back of a 1-0 victory over Forest Green Rovers in the Papa John's Trophy. Their last league fixture saw Plymouth Argyle fans enjoy a six-goal thriller as the Pilgrims secured three points with a 4-2 victory.

The Robbins travel to Shropshire having recently lost their manager, Richie Wellens, as the 40-year-old left his post at the County Ground to take up the vacant manager job at Sky Bet League Two's Salford City. The Robbins currently sit in 20th place with nine points on the board.

Name: Swindon Town Football Club

Nickname: The Robbins

Founded: 1879 (141 years ago)

Stadium: County Ground

Capacity: 15,728

Biggest win: 10-1 v Farnham United Breweries, FA Cup First Round, 28th November 1925.

Biggest loss: 1-10 v Manchester City, FA Cup Fourth Round replay, 25th January 1930.

Highest league finish: 22nd, Premiership, 1993-94

Read Sam Ricketts' thoughts ahead of the fixture...

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Sam Ricketts previews Swindon Town

Goalkeeper – Matej Kovar

Matej Kovar joined Swindon Town on a season-long loan deal at the start of the 2020/21 season from Manchester United.

The Czech-Republic under-20 international began his career in the youth ranks of Eastern Czech-Republc outfit FC Slovacko before joining the Red Devils.

Defender – Jonathan Grounds

32-year-old experienced defender Jonathan Grounds joined the Robbins at the start of the season following on from six years with Birmingham City.

Grounds started his career with Middlesbrough and spend time away from the club during loan spells with Norwich City, Hibernian, Chesterfield and Yeovil Town before making a permanent move to Oldham Athletic.

So far this season, Grounds has made seven appearances and has chalked up three yellow cards.

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Midfielder – Jack Payne

Payne is another summer acquisition as the midfielder joined the Robbins at the start of the season.

The 26-year-old attacking-midfielder began his career with Sky Bet League Two Southend United and has enjoyed regular football with Huddersfield Town, Oxford United, Blackburn Rovers, Bradford City and Lincoln City.

So far this season, Payne has notched up three assists for his team in Sky Bet League One and has scored one goal.

Forward – Brett Pitman

Experienced striker Pitman joined the Robbins at the begging of the season after leaving Portsmouth. The 32-year-old forward began his career with AFC Bournemouth and has since spent time with Bristol City and Ipswich. So far this season, Pitman has notched one goal for the Robbins.

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Marc Pugh looks ahead to Town's clash with Swindon Town

League stats:

Results: W3 D0 L6

Win percentage: 33%

Average points per game: 1

Average goals scored per game: 1.44

Average goals per game: 3.44

Average shots per match: 10.11

Average possession: 52%

Fouls per match: 4

Offsides per match: 4.89

Top goal-scorer: Anthony Grant - 2

Top Assists: Jack Payne - 3

Most cards: Jonathan Grounds - 3

Most frequent FT score: 3-1 (2 times)

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