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Opposition Report: Swindon Town

17 September 2020

Blackpool aim to bounce back to winning ways on Saturday as they welcome Swindon Town to Bloomfield Road.

Swindon, who earned promotion back to League One last season after a two year absence, will come into the game full of confidence, after their 3-1 opening day victory over Rochdale.

An encouraging performance against Plymouth Argyle will give Neil Critchley’s charges some positives to take, as they look to respond after a narrow 1-0 defeat at Home Park. The Seasiders will also be looking to extend their unbeaten record against Swindon Town at Bloomfield Road, with their last defeat coming in 1979.

The Visitors

Despite an unexpected end to an impressive 19/20 season, Swindon finished their League Two campaign strongly with one defeat from their last six matches.

A busy summer transfer window has seen Richie Wellens make nine new additions to his squad, adding some experience and talent to their ranks ahead of a challenging season back in League One.

Former Portsmouth forward Brett Pitman adds quality in the final third, whilst Jonny Smith, Tyler Smith and Matt Smith all joined the club on a season long-loan. Talented winger Diallang Jaiyesimi also made a permanent switch to the County Ground from Norwich City, after an impressive loan spell last season.

Much like Blackpool, Swindon had a mixed run of results in their pre-season. A 3-1 defeat to Lee Bowyer’s Charlton Athletic saw the Robins crash out of the Carabao Cup at the first hurdle, whilst an entertaining 3-2 defeat saw them miss out on gaining a bonus point against West Bromwich Albion Under 21’s in the EFL Trophy. Though, Wellens’ side will be full of confidence after impressive performances against Championship opposition Bristol City and Coventry City, beating the latter 2-1 at the County Ground in August.

The Manager

A familiar face to Blackpool supporters, Richie Wellens was appointed manager of Swindon Town in November 2018, replacing Phil Brown.

Prior to his arrival, the Robins struggled to start the 18/19 campaign strongly, with just one win in eight games seeing them slip to 17th place in League Two. Brown, who led Hull City to the Premier League in 2008 for the first time in the Club’s history, was eventually replaced by Wellens – who was dismissed from his position at Oldham Athletic a few months before, following the club’s relegation to League Two.

Though, the former Blackpool fan favourite led the Robins to promotion after an impressive 19/20 season, finishing top of the table on points per game and scoring the second most goals in the league. The 40-year-old will be hoping he can make it a day to remember on his highly-anticipated return to Bloomfield Road.

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