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🧐 The Opposition: Swindon Town

We take an in-depth look at the Robins ahead of Saturday’s Sky Bet League Two clash with Richie Wellens’ side

22 February 2019

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Grimsby Town aim for five EFL wins on the bounce for the first time since 1990 as they face Swindon Town at the County Ground in Sky Bet League Two on Saturday (3pm).

Michael Jolley’s side made it four league wins on the spin last weekend, thanks to Wes Thomas’ first-half penalty in the 1-0 win over Cheltenham Town at Blundell Park.

And the Mariners will be looking to make it five league wins in a row in the EFL for the first time in almost 30 years this weekend.

But the 14th-placed Robins – who can leapfrog Town with a win – are in good form themselves, and have lost just one of their last six league games.

Last five league results

Swindon Town: D, W, L, W, W

Grimsby Town: L, W, W, W, W

One to watch: Michael Doughty

Despite the Robins’ attacking options up top, midfielder Doughty is their top goalscorer so far this season, having chipped in with 12 goals in 26 appearances in all competitions.

The 26-year-old has scored five goals in his last five league games, including a brace in the 3-2 win over MK Dons, and he will be hoping to add to his tally this weekend.

The ex-Peterborough United midfielder stood out as one of the Robins’ key players against Town at Blundell Park earlier this season.

Last starting XI

Ex-Oldham Athletic boss Wellens went with a 4-2-3-1 formation as the Robins beat Forest Green Rovers 2-0 last time out.

Lawrence Vigouroux started in goal, with a back four of Kyle Knoyle, Dion Conroy, Tom Broadbent, and Ali Koiki.

Canice Carroll and Jak McCourt were in defensive-midfield, with Kaiyne Woolery, Michael Doughty, and Keshi Anderson playing behind striker Theo Robinson.

Last time out: Grimsby Town 2-1 Swindon Town

Wes Thomas bagged either side of the break to give Town all three points in tough weather conditions at Blundell Park back in December.

Ex-Premier League midfielder Matthew Taylor had equalised for the Robins directly from a free-kick, but Thomas bagged his brace with a second-half strike to secure the win for Town.

Tickets are still available for Saturday’s Sky Bet League Two clash with Swindon Town.


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