OPPOSITION VERDICT: Swindon Town Supporter

After victory over Northampton Town last Saturday, The Imps will be looking to make it two-from-two with a win against visitors Swindon Town.

City will head into the match without skipper Luke Waterfall who has recently signed for League One outfit Shrewsbury Town.

This leaves a big hole in the back line for Lincoln, one that manager Danny Cowley will have to suitably fill.

On the other hand, The Robins will also be looking to maintain their 100% start after they narrowly defeating Macclesfield Town.

We have been speaking to Swindon Town supporter Benjamin Wills, and he gave us his verdict.

A rather dramatic start to life for Swindon in their opening game, for those who who didn’t catch the result, explain how you got on against Macclesfield Town?

“Swindon were extremely bright especially in the first half, which is bizarre as that’s the half in which none of their three goals were scored.

They were still good in the second half, but gave themselves work to do by going behind twice via two sloppily-conceded goals.

Thankfully, two penalties right at the death saved their blushes and secured the opening-day win”.

Signed from Peterborough, Michael Doughty was a great pickup for your side and a hat-trick on debut comprehensively proved that. How influential will he be in this Robins’ side?

“Doughty has had two previous loan spells at the club, both of which were positive so Swindon fans knew exactly what they were getting and were delighted with the signing.

Not many would have expected the ex-QPR man to drop down to League Two.

Doughty will no doubt be a key player as one of the attack-minded, creative centre midfielders in Swindon’s 4-3-3”.

You set-up in a 4-3-3 last time out, do you feel that manager Phil Brown might alter things tactically for Saturday’s match?

“I very much doubt it.

Phil Brown deployed it all throughout pre-season and there’s no reason, form permitting, why he would change it now.” – He told WeAreTheImps.

Phil Brown, obviously a respected and talented manager. Do you think that the full pre-season and transfer window he has had will allow for you to push into those Play-Off spots, or even higher?

“Phil Brown has made a number of top signings over the course of the summer, such as Michael Doughty as I mentioned.

Steven Alzate, a loanee from Brighton looks bright early on, also Jermaine McGlashan is a proven League Two talent.

Toumani Diagouraga is another in the Doughty mould in the sense that it’s surprising he will be a League Two player this season.

David Flitcroft was given the challenge of building a good squad and guiding Swindon back to League One at the first attempt but, he failed abjectly at both tasks.

Brown is fixing the squad and it should be one that can get The Robins challenging for the automatic promotion places, if not the title”.

Unsurprisingly, eyes will be on Michael Doughty because of his opening day performance, but are there any other fresh faces at Swindon who pose a real threat to Lincoln City?

“Again, as I said earlier, Alzate had a really impressive debut as the other creative midfielder alongside Doughty, getting an assist for the first goal, so he could cause the Lincoln backline problems.

Then the front free of Keshi Anderson, Elijah Adebayo and McGlashan should be a force at this level, even if two of them (Adebayo and McGlashan) are stand-ins currently for the injured Marc Richards and Kaiyne Woolery”.

The Imps have been busy in the transfer window with numerous departures and arrivals, is there a transfer in particular that stands out?

“For Swindon fans it will certainly be Harry Toffolo.

The left-back was a key cog in the 2014-15 Swindon team that got to the League One Play-Off final and many, including me, would have liked to see him return this summer given he was a free agent following his Millwall release.

Lincoln have made a very shrewd free agent addition here”.

Two very close games last season, in which either side could have come out on top. What style of play can we expect from Phil Brown’s men?

“On the showing of Macclesfield, Swindon will be fairly close to being the complete opposite to Lincoln.

In a free-flowing attack-minded 4-3-3, it is a world away from Flitcroft’s hit and hope method of last season – a relief for many a Swindon fan’s who were bored out of their minds last campaign and did not even get good results as compensation”.

A tough question, what’s your score prediction for Saturday?

“I will take a draw from this against a hard to break down Lincoln team who I expect to be there or thereabouts again come May. 1-1 draw”.

 

Huge thank you to Benjamin Wills for taking the time to answer our questions.

He has done some great pieces of work which have been published in the Guardian, The Boot Room and Scouted Football.

This is his Twitter handle so give him a follow:

https://twitter.com/_BenWills

 


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