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Swindon Town vs. Latics

Sky Bet League Two - Matchday 34

11 March 2022

© Eddie Garvey

Latics make the journey to Wiltshire as John Sheridan faces his former side, Swindon Town at the County Ground (3pm KO).

Last weekend, Oldham suffered their first defeat under the leadership of Shez with over 7,000 supporters inside Boundary Park against Carlisle United.

Davis Keillor-Dunn witnessed their shot-stopper save his penalty before Hallam Hope put Latics ahead in first-half stoppage time. After the restart, Omari Patrick levelled the scoreline, and then, Morgan Feeney headed a 94th winner for the Cumbrians.

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Form Guide

The Robins enter the clash with four wins in their last six outings and will be relishing the opportunity to continue their play-off push on Saturday against Latics. 

In their previous display, Swindon suffered a 3-1 defeat at the hands of in-form Exeter City at St James' Park. Ben Garner's outfit was without their main man, Harry McKirdy, due to suspension and will also miss our fixture.

Outstandingly, our opponents enjoyed a three-game run of victories in which they scored 11 goals and conceded zero - a run that they will be hoping to rekindle as soon as possible.

The Robins' Last Six:

  1. Exeter City 3-1 Swindon Town
  2. Bradford City 1-2 Swindon Town
  3. Swindon Town 1-2 Salford City
  4. Swindon Town 5-0 Walsall
  5. Carlisle United 0-3 Swindon Town
  6. Swindon Town 3-0 Scunthorpe United

Head-to-Head

Meetings: 59

Latics wins: 22
Swindon Town wins: 21
Draws: 16

Last time out, the Robins secured an impressive 3-1 victory against the 'boys in blue' at Boundary Park back in October.

Harry McKirdy, a characteristic attacker with an abundance of ability, found himself on the scoresheet alongside a brace from Tyreece Simpson as Carl Piergianni netted a late consolation.

Latics' last win over Swindon occurred under the tenure of Shez in April 2016. Goals from Liam Kelly and Curtis Main sealed a resolute 2-0 scoreline on home turf.

Upon our last visit to the County Ground, Oldham tasted defeat against a high-flying opposition. Kaiyne Woolery fired his side into the lead before former Latics forward, Eoin Doyle added a second.

Watch Out For

Jack Payne occupies the status of 'Key Man' for the Robins ahead of our encounter.

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So far in this campaign, the attacking-midfield has featured on 28 occasions and, impressively, netted ten goals whilst applying himself as a leader on and off the pitch.

The 27-year-old began his career at Southend United and exemplified his quality in the final third which helped the club to promotion to Sky Bet League One before Huddersfield Town swooped in for his signature.

After limited game time at the Terriers, Payne enjoyed loan stints at Oxford United, Blackburn Rovers and Bradford City. To add to this, he spent time at Lincoln City on a permanent basis in the 2019/20 campaign.

In The Dugout

Ben Garner is currently enjoying his first season in charge of Swindon.

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A former apprentice of José Mourinho, Garner established himself in the coaching environment whilst an academy coach at Crystal Palace before he progressed to first-team coach in 2012.

The 41-year-old developed talented individuals throughout his time in Croydon, and then, became the assistant coach alongside Tony Pulis at West Bromwich Albion which highlighted his reputation amongst his peers.

Following a stint at ATK in the Indian Super League, Garner struggled during his time at Bristol Rovers before Swindon's new owner, Clem Morfuni, appointed him at the Robins.

Stadium

County Ground

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Opened: 1892

Capacity: 15,728

Record Attendance: 32,000 (vs Arsenal, January 1972)

Match Officials

The official in the middle for the game is David Rock.

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Rock last officiated a Latics game in October 2021 for our 1-2 defeat against Harrogate Town at Boundary Park. On that day, he handed out one yellow card and zero red cards.

He's taken charge of 27 games, so far, this campaign, handing out a total of 96 yellow cards and five red cards.

Rock will be assisted by Darren Blunden and Michael Begley, with Andy Bennett as the Fourth Official.

Sky Bet Odds

Swindon Town are the bookmakers’ favourites for the match, priced at 4/6.

Latics are 15/4 to pick up the win whilst a draw between the sides is 11/4.

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How To Follow The Game

Ticket News

21022022 Swindon Town Away Tickets

8 March 2022

Live commentary is available on iFollow Latics with Roy Butterworth and Michael Brown who will be talking you through the match action.

Unfortunately, an iFollow match pass stream isn't available in the UK due to the 3pm blackout from broadcasters.

For more information, visit the iFollow Latics page by clicking here.

Alternatively, supporters can also follow the game with live updates on the club's official Twitter account: @OfficialOAFC.


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