Scouting report: Swindon Town

A closer look at the Robins ahead of Wanderers' trip to the County Ground

Ahead of Wanderers' trip to Swindon Town on Saturday, take a closer look at Luke Williams' side...

Currently outside the Sky Bet League One relegation zone on goal difference alone, Swindon Town have endured a tough start to their 2016/17 campaign.

Opening the season with a 1-0 home victory over Coventry City, the Robins have won just more in the league coming at home to Port Vale and away to Oldham Athletic in recent weeks.

They have also lost their last three league matches at The County Ground, suffering successive defeats against Bury, Bristol Rovers and Northampton Town.

Having last challenged for promotion as recently as 2015, Swindon will be desperate to find form quickly having had their strong mid-season form to thank for avoiding a relegation battle last year.

However, after also starting last season slowly, they know they are full capable of turning things around and will be looking to take advantage of Wanderers' recent blip in the league as the two sides meet on Saturday.

• L 1-2 – Bury H - Sky Bet League One – 17/9/2016 
• L 1-2 – Bristol Rovers H - Sky Bet League One – 20/9/2016 
• W 0-2 – Oldham Athletic A - Sky Bet League One – 24/9/2016
• L 1-3 – Northampton Town H - Sky Bet League One – 27/9/2016
• D 1-1 – Shrewsbury Town A - Sky Bet League One – 1/10/2016
• D 0-0 (W 3-1 on penalties) – Oxford United H - Checkatrade Trophy – 4/10/2016

Joining Swindon Town initially as a first team coach in 2013, Luke Williams was named as the Robins head coach in March 2016 following a successful stint in interim charge.

Previously an FA Skills coach with Leyton Orient and West Ham United, he later joined Brighton & Hove Albion where he oversaw the Seagulls' Under-21s and Development Squad.

Promoted to assistant manager after joining Swindon, Williams helped Mark Cooper lead the Robins to the Sky Bet League One Play-Off Final in 2015 where they lost to Preston North End.

Continuing as assistant caretaker-manager/Chairman Lee Power and eventual successor Martin Ling, he was named as interim manager himself in January 2016 as he was handed the job until the end of the campaign.

And after winning six of his first ten matches in charge, Williams was handed the job permanently in late March as he signed a new five-year deal with the club.

Former England Under-21s international and Premier League striker Nathan Delfouneso joined Swindon Town on a free transfer in August 2016.

Most recently on the books of Blackburn Rovers, the forward was signed to help replace prolific forward Nicky Ajose following his move to Charlton Athletic after finishing last season on loan at Bury.

Starting his career with his local side Aston Villa having come through the club's academy, he made his first team debut for the Villans when only 17 against Icelandic side FH Hafnarfjorour in the UEFA Cup in August 2008.

Marking his first start for the club with a goal against MSK Zilina the following December, the forward failed to live up to his early promise however, spending time on loan at Burnley, Leicester City, Blackpool and Coventry before joining the Seasiders permanently. 

Handed his Swindon debut against Port Vale, he scored his first goal for the Robins against Chelsea in the Checkatrade Trophy last month.

LAST SWINDON TOWN XI (v Oxford United, D 0-0)
Henry, Furlong, Rossi-Branco, Thomas, Brophy, Smith, Rodgers (Goddard 67), Iandolo (Murray 67), Ormonde-Ottewill, Delfouneso, Norris.

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