Swindon determined to take the game to Posh plus the matchday facts including past matches, players to watch, a local referee, big match odds and all the key forthcoming fixtures
Swindon Town are determined to take a positive approach into tomorrow’s daunting League One match at home to Peterborough United tomorrow (April 10, 3pm).
Robins defender Jonathan Grounds told the Swindon Advertiser: “We’ve got Peterborough on Saturday, and we have to go into that game being positive. Obviously, they’re going really well at the minute, but it’s a game we have to try and get something from.
“Then we move onto the week where we do play Rochdale and Wimbledon. But we’ve got a tough game against Peterborough that we’ve got to focus on first.”
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PAST POSH AT SWINDON
Chris Forrester scored the only goal of a League One game in the first minute of the second half on Posh’s last visit to Swindon Town for a Football League match in January, 2017.
Posh: McGee, Smith, Hughes, Bostwick, Tafazolli, Edwards, Forrester, Maddison, Ball, Angol, Nichols. Subs used: Da Silva Lopes, Taylor, Samuelsen.
Swindon have generally had the upper hand in this fixture though, winning 14 and losing just eight of 28 meetings.
The hosts were last successful when beating Posh 1-0 in a League One game in 2015, a season in which Swindon reached the play-off final and suffered a bad beating at the hands of Preston.
Current Posh star Nathan Thompson was in that Swindon side.
Swindon have turned to experience in a bid to escape relegation after just one season in League One. Joining 33 year-old striker Brett Pitman and 32 year-old full-back Paul Caddis in the starting line-up in recent weeks has been 36 year-old former Forest and Derby goalkeeper Lee Camp who kept clean sheets in his first two games for the club. Pitman is Swindon’s top scorer with eight goals. Talented playmaker Jack Payne scored one of his four goals this season in a 3-1 defeat at London Road in October. Ex-Posh midfielder Anthony Grant has been doing a steady job in midfield and left-back Dominic Thompson has been good since arriving on loan from Brentford.
Swindon sit just outside the relegation zone ahead of Saturday’s match after losing both of their Easter fixtures, at home to in-form Blackpool and at Burton.
Four straight defeats in March had sent the Robins to the bottom, but two away wins at Fleetwood (2-0) and relegation rivals Bristol Rovers (1-0) moved them out of the drop zone. Swindon have lost their last three home matches.
Josh Smith, who grew up in Bourne, and who started his refereeing career in the Peterborough & District Junior Alliance League, is the man in the middle for Posh at Swindon. Smith can referee Posh matches as he doesn’t support the club and now lives in Bedford. He has only officiated in 14 matches this season issuing 39 yellow cards and two red cards.
BIG MATCH ODDS
At Sky Bet: Posh to win: 8/13, Swindon to win: 4/1, Draw: 14/5
Saturday: Lincoln v Blackpool, Plymouth v Hull, Portsmouth v Burton, Sunderland v Charlton.
Tuesday: Blackpool v Accrington, Crewe v Portsmouth, Wigan v Sunderland.