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Match Preview | Swindon Town (A)

26 February 2024

Match Previews

Match Preview | Swindon Town (A)

26 February 2024

Tranmere Rovers travel to Swindon Town on Tuesday 27th February (7.45pm kick-off) for a rearranged League Two clash.

The two sides were due to meet a month ago, but a frozen pitch meant the fixture was postponed the day before. 

Tranmere will be looking to bounce straight back to winning ways, after a frustrating 1-0 defeat at Forest Green Rovers on Saturday. 

Swindon are 18th in the division, one place below Rovers, and are winless in five. However, they most recently picked up a valuable point on the road at Stockport County, drawing 0-0. 

Rovers were victorious over the Robins in their last meeting, back in December. Goals from Kieron Morris and Tom Davies secured a 2-1 comeback win at Prenton Park.  

   

Team news:    

Luke Norris picked up his first competitive minutes since recovering from a foot injury on Saturday and is available once again. 

Jake Leake is the only player in the Rovers squad unavailable for selection, though he has been back training with the main group at The Campus.    

 

Last time out:   

     

Last five meetings:      

23rd December 2023 - Tranmere Rovers 2-1 Swindon Town – League Two  

SCORERS – Morris, Davies   

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    

   

One to watch: Charlie Austin  

Charlie Austin has been a mainstay in Swindon’s forward line since rejoining the club in the final days of 2022.  

The striker scored 37 goals in 65 games for the Robins during 2009 and 2011, before enjoying 11 years across the Premier League and Championship for Burnley, Queens Park Rangers, Southampton and West Bromwich Albion.  

Austin won promotion to the topflight with QPR in 2014 and played Europa League football with Southampton, also reaching a League Cup final with the Saints.  

The 34-year-old has scored 20 goals for Swindon since his return to the County Ground and remains a potent threat up front.  

  

Interim Head Coach: Gavin Gunning  

Gavin Gunning entered his third spell in interim charge of Swindon in January, after the departure of manager Michael Flynn.  

The 32-year-old was appointed to the Robins’ coaching staff in July 2022, focusing on defensive help following the end of his 14-year senior career as a centre back.  

The Irishman played from League One down to the National League North and had a brief loan spell with Rovers in 2009.  

  

Officials:          

Referee - Martin Woods 

Assistant Referees - Richard Morris & Justin Amey 

Fourth Official - Alan Cresswell  

    

Woods last refereed Rovers in our 1-0 league loss to Wrexham in September 2023. 

     

Tickets:       

Advance ticket sales have been ended for this fixture. Ticket sales will be available on the day at Swindon, from the away ticket point. 

     

Ticket prices are as follows:      

Adult      

£27   

Over 65   

£22   

Under 21   

£15   

Under 18   

£11   

Under 11   

£3   

       

Car parking at the County Ground is limited. If you wish to park at the stadium, please email reception@swindontownfc.co.uk at the earliest opportunity to book.   

     

Official Club Coach travel is available for this fixture. The coach will depart Prenton Park at 2pm.   

Season Card holders: £35 

Non-Season Card holders: £37 

Please note that refunds on coach travel are not permitted after 48 hours prior to the game.      

       

Coach travel can be bought online by clicking here or in The Club Store.  

   

Match coverage:       

Fans in the UK and abroad can stream the game on iFollow for £10. Purchase your Video Match Pass by clicking 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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