Whether the shock of Martin Ling’s resignation earlier this week has any effect on the team’s performance on Saturday, only time will tell, but in the meantime Caretaker Manager Luke Williams will prepare Swindon for a tough game at Vale Park.
Following a less than successful start to the season, The Robins have certainly picked up of late and will arrive in Burslem full of optimism, despite losing their last two fixtures.
By all accounts, there was little to separate the two sides when Swindon played at Burton Albion on Monday afternoon, with the two ‘keepers playing out of their skins.
The Brewers won the game 1-0 to inflict Swindon’s second defeat in the space of three days, but having won each of their previous fixtures, confidence is still likely to be high in the Swindon camp.
Vale put an end to a run of four league games without a win with a deserved 1-0 victory over Bury on Monday afternoon and manager Rob Page is confident his side can build on that.
Having only been beaten once all season in the league at Vale Park, Vale’s home record stands up to any in League One and there is no reason why that cannot continue. Only three teams have done better than Vale on home soil.
Vale are keeping their fingers crossed on Ajay Leitch-Smith, who took a knock half an hour into Monday’s home game against Bury and was substituted at half time.
One player definitely not available is Chris Birchall. He came off the bench against Bury late on in the game but suffered a knee injury while he was on and has since undergone a cartilage operation and is expected to miss five to six weeks.
After making himself unavailable on Monday due to illness, on loan Uche Ikpeazu will be available again, as will Louis Dodds, who has now recovered from injury after missing Vale’s last two games.