Swindon Town will be looking for back-back wins in League two as they travel to Cumbria to take on Keith Millen Carlisle side who are hovering just above the League Two relegation zone.
Swindon Town bounced back after some disappointing results which left fans on social media questioning tactics and should Ben Garner be replaced with a 3-0 home win over bottom side Scunthorpe United. All the goals came in the second half, but as cliché as it sounds. Soon as the first was scored the floodgates were opened.
A change of tactics from a 3-5-2 to a 4-3-3 helped and gave Ben Garner side a bit of freshness and added dynamism going forward. A return to side after suspension for Louis Reed and a front three of Harry McKirdy, Louis Barry, and Josh Davison. Reed was missed a lot during his two-game suspension, you realised how badly Swindon missed him in the games against Exeter City and Tranmere Rovers. He dictates the tempo and builds up play from the back so impressively and is pivotal to this side going forward to the end of the season. Plus, we can talk about Ellis Iandolo morphing into peak Francesco Totti with one of the assists of the season, my god that pass to set up Harry McKirdy goal was amazing. It has been watched on repeat plenty of times.
Ben Garner in his pre match press conference today confirmed that Ben Gladwin will miss tomorrow trip to Carlisle due to a Hamstring injury. He picked that up in the first half of the Scunthorpe United game on Saturday. Ricky Aguiar came on as substitute and impressed. Jonny Williams is fit and available for tomorrow. Dion Conroy is out and should be back next week and Jack Payne could be back soon.
Predicted line up
Wollacott, Hunt, O’Brien, Cooper, Tomlinson, Reed, Iandolo, Aguiar, McKirdy, Barry, Davison.
Carlisle United are having a tough time of it recently and they find themselves looking over their shoulder in the final third of the season. After thirty games in League Two, Carlisle United is in twenty second place with twenty-eight points picked up from the thirty games. Six points ahead of Scunthorpe United who sit bottom and just two points clear of Oldham Athletic who sit second bottom. Ex Swindon Town manager john Sheridan has come in and picked up momentum at Boundary Park.
Carlisle United start to 2022 started off well with back-to-back wins over Scunthorpe United (0-1) and Bradford City (2-0). But since then, have gone winless in there next seven games.
Back-to-back home draws against Crawley Town (1-1) and Hartlepool United (0-0) saw Keith Millen start the year unbeaten in four. Then saw the slide of four defeats in the next five games. A 3-0 away defeat at league leaders Forest Green Rovers was followed by a 2-0 home loss to Sutton United. A Tuesday night trip to Salford City to start February round of fixtures ended in a 2-1 away defeat. The game away at Rochdale was called off due to a waterlogged pitch. The re-arrangement for that fixture will be played on the 01st March 2022. A 3-1 home defeat to Port Vale followed and the rot was stopped last weekend away at Colchester with a priceless 2-2 draw. Tobi Sho-Silva was the Carlisle hero with a late equaliser four minutes from time.