Preview: Swindon Town v Cheltenham Town

Swindon will host Cheltenham Town today in League Two, where Swindon interim boss Matty Taylor could potentially be a part of the squad, as his team will look to climb up to sixth in the table.

Swindon are unbeaten against Cheltenham in the football league since March 2003, so a win for them today is crucial to continue their long term run of derby victories.

Whilst Swindon have a good history against rivals Cheltenham, they have only secured two wins out of their last five league games, but Cheltenham have won just one of their last nine league matches, a 5-1 triumph over Port Vale.

Swindon midfielder Ollie Banks is suspended following his sending off in his teams 2-1 defeat at Chesterfield two weeks ago, and defender Chris Hussey could potentially make his return to the squad, having attended training this week.

Nigel Atangana is expected to be fit for Cheltenham, after the midfielder suffered a bout of cramp which led him to have to end his participation in the draw against Notts County on Tuesday. In other news, Midfielder Harry Pell will be completing his two-match ban.

Cheltenham Town Boss Gary Johnson said: “Both Carl Winchester and Nigel Atangana had cramp, and it shows that the work rate was there. They are still fit, and I thought they both played very well and I am sure they’ll be available for Swindon.

“We don’t know what we are going to come up against at Swindon with Matty Taylor taking over, and we have to wait and see what sort of shape he wants, and what sort of team he wants to select.”

Since David Flitcrofts departure from the club and recent appointment at Mansfield Town, Taylor has been working hard with the team to improve their overall quality and ability to score goals.

Johnson also added his thoughts on the game and next season: “You can catch Swindon on a good day or a bad day. We hope to catch them on a bad day.

You build up, look at what you have and you need to get to a stage when you are thinking if a player comes up, will get us promoted. Sometimes you are still building, but we have a good core and maybe we need three or four players when you say yes they can win us the league, or get us further up the table.

I always tell the lads that every game played is an opportunity for them, so they want to spend the rest of their lives in the second division, there’s opportunities out there.”

The match is set to kick-off at 3pm at the County Ground.

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