MATCH PREVIEW: Swindon Town v Bristol Rovers

GasCast Match Previews by Simon Gray

New Bristol Rovers boss Paul Tisdale takes charge of his first game this Saturday in a west country derby against Swindon Town.

Tisdale’s appointment came less than a week after the sacking of Ben Garner, who left the club after the home thrashing against Fleetwood Town.

The former Exeter and MK Dons boss arrived at the Mem on Thursday afternoon and will dive straight in at the deep end with less than 48 hours before visiting the County Ground but Tisdale has no issue with his first game coming so soon.

I haven’t met with (the players) yet and I haven’t worked with any of them before, so it’s a fresh start for all of us,” Tisdale told Bristol Live.

“If you think correctly you act correctly, and I’ll be spending my time just trying to set a tone and be their best.

“There’ll be very little tactical information being given to those players. Let’s just see how tomorrow goes, but I’ll be leaning on the coaches.

“We’ve got some good coaches here, I’ve not worked with any of them before, but I’ll be very keen to see how I can work with them.

“There’s some good people here and I’ll need their collaboration as we start this journey.”

Tisdale will have a near fully fit squad at his disposal, with Tom Davies the only long term absentee. Goalkeeper Anssi Jaakkola is expected to slot straight back into the side after returning from international duty with Finland.

Swindon go into the game with a fairly new manager of their own in the shape of former Oldham and Chesterfield boss John Sheridan joining from League One rivals Wigan last week.

Sheridan has been in charge of two of the Robins’ fixtures already though, a 3-3 draw away at Shrewsbury before a 3-0 home defeat at home to Accrington in midweek and the 56-year-old has said he’s already seen the Jekyll and Hyde to his new team.

“On Saturday, I was very pleased with the way we played, despite conceding the two goals, I was very pleased with the character and the desire to get something from the game – I saw a lot of good things,” Sheridan told the Swindon Advertiser.

“On Tuesday, the goals we gave away were absolute gifts.

“We never really turned Accrington, everything was in front of them, people were doing the same things.

“We need to do different things against different opposition.”

“You had a good team last year and you got a promotion, but you were playing in League Two.

“And I know in Eoin Doyle, Jerry Yates and Keshi Anderson, and because of the way you played, you knew you had players who could score goals and you would get away with the mistakes you made last year.

“You’ve made a step up this year, so you’ll get punished, and it’s harder to break teams down.”

Team news for Swindon is that Diallang Jaiyesimi, Dion Conroy, Jordan Lyden, Tyler Smith, Zeki Fryers, Ellis Iandolo and Dion Donohue all missed Tuesday’s defeat to Accrington and will also be unavailable for tomorrow’s game.

Lineup Predictions

Score Predictions

Max – Swindon Town 2-2 The Gas

Mets – Swindon Town 2-3 The Gas

Simon – Swindon Town 1-2 The Gas

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