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Match Preview: Swindon Town

7 February 2022

After a 1-1 draw with Barrow at the weekend, Micky Mellon’s attention quickly turns to the midweek fixture as Rovers face Swindon Town at Prenton Park.

As for the visitors, they will be looking to end a run of four games without a win after drawing three of those games 1-1 respectively.

Their latest result was a 2-1 defeat at home to Exeter city which saw them slip to eighth in the table and sitting just outside the play-off spots after conceding two late goals to see them lose despite leading for the majority of the second-half.

Team News: 

Jay Spearing missed Saturday's game against Barrow and will be sidelined for this one. Josh McPake was also and absentee, he will be assessed to see where his fitness is up to.

One to Watch: Harry McKirdy

Born in London, he spent his youth career coming through the ranks at Stoke City before moving onto Aston Villa. He had several loan spells away from Villa, featuring for the likes of Stevenage, Crewe and Newport County. 

In 2019 he then made a permanent move away from Villa Park and moved to Carlisle United. Since then he has had two more permanent moves with a short stint at Port Vale ending to allow him to join Swindon Town.

Since joining Swindon in August last year on a one-year deal, McKirdy has been in impressive form and is Swindon’s top scorer this season with 20 goal involvements in 30 games played.

After getting an assist in last weekend’s heartbreak defeat to Exeter, McKirdy will be keen to extend his good run of form at Prenton Park in midweek.

Manager: Ben Garner

After starting his coaching career at a young age, Garner started out at Crystal Palace as a coach in the academy at Selhurst Park. He then progressed into a first team coach at the Eagles before becoming Assistant Head Coach at West Bromwich Albion. 

After a stint as an assistant in the Indian Super League, he returned to England as head coach of Bristol Rovers but after some poor results, he departed just short of a year after receiving the job. 

In the summer of 2021, Garner got the Swindon job and has been doing an impressive job with them challenging for the play-offs this campaign. 

With plenty of goals compared to the teams around them in the table, Swindon are just a point off the play-offs and Garner will be keen to make sure they are in and around the play-offs come May. 

Match Coverage:

Both UK and overseas supporters can watch this game live on iFollow. Click here to get your match pass.

You can follow the action through our social media channels below, with full text coverage during the fixture, followed by a match report. 

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Instagram: @tranmererovers 

Match reaction from Micky Mellon and a player will follow on our website and YouTube channel.


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