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6 December 2016

Match Previews


6 December 2016

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All the facts ahead of tonight's match at the County Ground

Tonight the Town face a tough task as they take on League One side Swindon Town in the first knock-out stage of the Checkatrade Trophy.

The Robins finished top of their group, ahead of fellow third tier side Oxford United, as well as Exeter City and Chelsea Under-21s.

Their most recent league win – a 1-0 victory against Bradford City – saw Luke Williams’ side drag themselves away from the relegation zone and up into 18th place.

The Hatters and Swindon haven’t faced each other in the league since 2008, the Hatters’ last season in League One, which ended with the Robins completing the league double over Town.

Since then, they have only played each other once, a League Cup match in August 2014 which saw the Hatters being knocked out in the first round by their opponents in a 2-1 loss.

Swindon had a break last weekend, having been defeated in a replay by Eastleigh in the FA Cup first round. Town, on the other hand, played on Saturday and came from two goals down to defeat Solihull Moors 6-2, earning an away tie with Accrington Stanley in the third round.

Speaking at his press conference on Monday afternoon, Nathan Jones was asked about the side he is going to field for tonight’s match after the club picked up a £15,000 fine for playing what the EFL deemed an understrength starting XI in each of the group matches.

He said: “I don’t want to give away too much, but it will be a strong side that goes and takes on Swindon.

“Swindon haven’t had a game at the weekend, so they will be fresh. I can’t envisage what they will do and I am looking forward to the game.

“We adhere to the rules and we respect all the competitions we are in. We have assembled a squad.

“We have got 95% of our own players all under contract, we have borrowed Alex Gilliead and we borrowed Christian Walton from Brighton, so we are happy with that. We assemble our own squad to try and take the club forward.

“We do things right at this club and we should be a pioneer, we should be a shining light, so I am not going to change anything.”

Teenage goalkeeper Liam Gooch has been recalled from his loan at Evo-Stik League Southern Premier club Hitchin Town, and is in the squad for this evening’s match.

The Hatters have a strong record overall against tonight’s opponents, defeating them 46 times in the 103 meetings they have contested. Swindon have won 36, and the sides have drawn 21 times.

Tonight’s match will be refereed by Wiltshire-based Roger East. The 51-year-old has taken charge of matches across all the top four tiers of English football this season, most recently the Championship match between Cardiff and Brighton on Saturday afternoon. He has handed out 55 yellow cards and five red cards this term overall.

Tickets can be bought from the County Ground on the night, click here for seat prices.

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