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In focus: Swindon Town match preview

5 February 2021

Take a closer look at the latest stats and facts in our match preview ahead of Town's Sky Bet League One clash with Swindon Town.

Shrewsbury Town are back on the road this weekend as the Salop squad face off with 19th place Swindon Town. The Robins come into the fixture off the back of a 1-0 win against Wigan Athletic - a positive result that earns the home side their first league win in their last five attempts.

Town will be looking for a return to winning ways against the hosts after suffering a narrow 1-0 defeat at the hands of Crewe Alexandra at Montgomery Waters Meadow last time out. However, with Brett Pitman leading the line, Town will be given a stern test in keeping the home side at bay - as the striker looks to help the Robins record consecutive wins.

Name: Swindon Town

Nickname: The Robins

Founded: 1879 (142 years ago)

Stadium: The County Ground

Capacity: 15,728

Chairman/owner: Lee Power

Biggest win: 10-1, Farnham United Breweries, 28th November 1925 (FA Cup.)

Biggest loss: 1-10, away against Manchester City, 25th January 1930, (FA Cup.)

Highest League finish: 22nd Premier League, 1993-94.

Read Aaron Wilbraham's thoughts ahead of Town's clash with John Sheridan's men...

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Aaron Wilbraham previews Town's clash with Swindon Town

The Manager – John Sheridan

John Sheridan began his managerial career back in 2001 when he took up the role of co-caretaker at Oldham Athletic whilst still playing for the club. The former midfielder was eventually appointed as the permanent manager a few years later in 2006 and remained in the job for three years.

The Irishman has taken charge of 11 different sides throughout his coaching career to this point including three separate spells in charge of Oldham. Sheridan was let go by Wigan after 15 games in 2020, following this disappointment he was appointed by Swindon in November making it the fourth club he took charge of during the 20/21 season after spells with Chesterfield and Irish side Waterford earlier in the year.

His managerial honors include a League Two title with Chesterfield in 2010/11, and the Football League Trophy in the 2011/12 season.

Goalkeeper - Mark Travers

The 21-year-old Irishman joined the club in the January 2021 transfer window on loan from Championship side Bournemouth. He has made six appearances since joining the club - keeping one clean sheet in that time.

Previous to this, he made nine appearances for his parent club Bournemouth but has been called up to the Irish National team where he has earned two caps after progressing through his nation's at youth teams.

Defender – Akinwale Odimayo

The versatile right-back, who can also play as a centre-back has been a mainstay at the back for Swindon so far this season playing 19 times - 17 of those being starts. The 21-year-old spent his youth career with Reading before loans at Hungerford Town and Waterford in the Republic of Ireland.

The Englishman joined The Robins in August 2020 and has made 23 appearances in total for the club but is still in search of his first goal for his new team.

Midfielder – Hallam Hope

Hallam Hope will provide a great deal of attacking threats from a number of positions for the home side. The ma Barbados international is right-footed and likes to play off the left but can also operate down the middle for his side - this has led to four goals and two assists so far this season.

The 26-year-old began his career with Everton and has had a number of loan spells away from the club but never managed to break through for the Toffees. His most noticeable spell came at Carlisle United where he joined on a free transfer back in 2017 playing 123 games scoring 31 goals. Hope then joined Swindon in January of last year on a permanent deal.

Forward - Brett Pitman.

Pitman, now 33, joined Swindon in August 2020 following a three-year spell at Portsmouth where he was prolific in front of goal scoring 42 times in 99 games for Pompey. The Englishman has scored a total of 184 goals in his senior career - much of those came for fellow south coast side Bournemouth.

Since joining Swindon, Pitman has notched four goals in his 18 appearances for the club, with only eight of them being starts. The striker did find the net last time out against Wigan in what turned out to be the winning goal earning his side a valuable three points.

League stats:

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Officials:

Referee: Antony Coggins 
Assistants: Ryan Whitaker and Leigh Crowhurst
Fourth Official: Mark Derrien

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