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Match Preview | Swindon Town (H)

22 December 2023

Match Previews

Match Preview | Swindon Town (H)

22 December 2023

Tranmere Rovers host Swindon Town on Saturday 23rd December (3pm kick-off), in their last home game of 2023.

The team’s five game unbeaten streak came to an end after a 1-0 defeat at Walsall last weekend, but an encouraging run of form at Prenton Park has seen Rovers push away from the bottom two. 

Tranmere have won their last three in the league on home turf, against Forest Green Rovers, Gillingham, and Newport County. Of their last seven home league games, Nigel Adkins’ side have been victorious in five. 

The visitors, Swindon, are 12th in the division. They have won twice on the road this season and have picked up eight points from their last ten matches. 

Rovers were victorious over the Robins at Prenton Park last term, 1-0, courtesy of Harvey Saunders' 22nd minute strike. 

   

Team news: 

Captain Tom Davies missed out on last Saturday’s game at Walsall but has returned to training this week and will be assessed ahead of the Swindon match. 

  

Last time out:  

   

Last five meetings:     

10th April 2023 - Tranmere Rovers 1-0 Swindon Town - League Two  

SCORERS – Saunders 

12th November 2022 - Swindon Town 1-1 Tranmere Rovers - League Two  

SCORERS: Hawkes 

8th February 2022 - Tranmere Rovers 3-0 Swindon Town - League Two  

SCORERS – Hemmings x2, Glatzel 

17th August 2021 - Swindon Town 0-0 Tranmere Rovers - League Two  

SCORERS - None  

19th January 2019 - Tranmere Rovers 1-2 Swindon Town – League Two  

SCORERS - Norwood 

   

One to watch: Jake Young 

A League Two winner with Forest Green, Jake Young has been one of the standout players in the division this season. 

The forward joined the Robins on loan from Bradford City in the summer and has scored 16 times, including nine in his first six matches. 

Young scored in every league game in November for Swindon, picking up the League Two Player of the Month award, to add to his one from August. 

   

Manager: Michael Flynn 

An ex-midfielder with over 400 career appearances, Michael Flynn began his managerial career at former club Newport County in 2017 and led the Exiles to League Two safety having been 11 points adrift when taking the job. 

Flynn’s time with the Welsh side will perhaps best be remembered for their runs in the FA Cup. In the 2017-18 season, Newport beat Leeds United and forced Tottenham Hotspur to a replay. The following season they reached the fifth round after wins against Leicester City and Middlesbrough, before losing to Manchester City at Rodney Parade. 

The Exiles reached the League Two Play-Off final twice during Flynn’s time with the club, losing both in extra-time, first to Tranmere in 2019 before defeat against Morecambe in 2021. 

The 43-year-old left South Wales the following season and was appointed as Head Coach at Walsall, before becoming Swindon manager in May 2023. 

  

Officials:        

Referee - Sunny Singh Gill 

Assistant Referees - Ravel Cheosiaua & Danny Guest 

Fourth Official - David McNamara 

   

Tickets:     

We recommend buying tickets for the match online in advance. By doing so, fans can enjoy discounted prices and can download their ticket to their digital wallet or as a PDF.       

Tickets will also be available to buy on the day from The Club Store with a £2 price increase after 12pm.       

Fans can buy tickets online by clicking here.   

   

Match coverage:     

International supporters can buy a half-season pass to watch every game live for just £3 per game by clicking here!      

UK-based supporters can listen to full match commentary for as little as £1 per game by getting a monthly audio pass here.      

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

   

X: @tranmererovers        

Facebook: @trfcofficial        

Instagram: @tranmererovers        

     

Match reaction from Nigel Adkins and a player will follow the game on our YouTube channel. 


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