Can Richie Wellens help Swindon Town continue their winning ways?

By Jamie Hill - 18 December 2018

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Ever since Richie Wellens took over head coach role at Swindon Town, he has helped the football club achieve a remarkable turnaround in fortunes.

With three wins out of three in their last EFL League Two matches, hopes are high that the Robins could be in with a chance of making the playoff places.

There’s a newfound sense of optimism overall at County Ground, and recent new appointments such as that of Paul Jewell to be the new Director of Football could hopefully bring Swindon Town out of their mid-table position. This is alongside the previously released plans for a new HQ and training centre, and so it seems that things could be on the rise for the Robins.

However, it’s clear that there’s still plenty of work to be done in order to restore Swindon Town’s fortunes. The side travel to Grimsby Town on Saturday where they will have to win what should be a fairly straightforward game. Most football match predictions for this encounter have Richie Wellens' team to pick up three points here, and they could even rise up to eighth place in the League Two table should other results run in their favour.

But Swindon will have to put their recent shock defeat by Woking in the FA Cup behind them in order to concentrate on the game in hand on Saturday. The cup defeat will have severely dented the confidence in Richie Wellens' side after previous well fought victories against the likes of Stevenage and Port Vale.

Thankfully, it looks like Wellens has the experience necessary to guide his side back on the right track. Anybody who saw Swindon’s impressive 2-1 home victory against in-form Newport County will know just how much enthusiasm there is at County Ground at the moment. Once again it was Michael Doughty who got on the scoresheet with his sixth goal of the League Two campaign, and the midfielder has made good on his promise to strengthen the Robins since his arrival from Peterborough United in the summer.

But the fact that the talented youngster Kaiyne Woolery managed to get that all-important winning goal in the 82nd minute showed that there’s a determination to win in the Swindon team that had previously been absent in their performances at the start of the season.

Things were markedly different just a little over a month ago where shocking defeats such as their 0-4 home loss against Carlisle meant that the manager, Phil Brown, was given the sack after just eight months in charge. With just one win in eight League Two games, Swindon Town found themselves lagging behind at seventeenth place in the league table.

What made this all the more difficult was the fact that it meant that the Robins have had five managers in just three years. But with Richie Wellens looking to get things back on track, it’s hoped that the side can repeat the epic performances of past Swindon Town legends.

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