With the League Two season have gone halfway through the first stage, the league table was left without a distinctive gap between the promotion-chasers and the mid-table teams. The distance between the leader Forest Green Rovers and their chasers in Bradford City, Swindon Town and Crewe Alexandra was only one point. At the same time, they were only separated with the twelveth and thirteenth-placed Cambridge United and Plymouth Argyle by just eight points, which left the race to the promotion-chasing group wide open.

Among the matches that weren’t postponed due to international duties last weekend, Swindon’s trip to Salford City’s Peninsula Stadium really caught the eyes of the fans. As mentioned, Swindon were one point off the top spot and with the strong form of three wins and one draw in their last five matches, they were heading close to their hope of returning to League One. On the opposite side, Salford are enjoying their first season in the Football League system and have had a strong start to it. With 24 points after seventeen matches, the promotion hopes all of a sudden became a reality for them.

That strong run came to a halt as they fell short against Swindon in a game where Salford’s Adam Rooney scored a brace from the penalty spot but didn’t manage to help his team came out on top. This tactical analysis will provide an analysisof Swindon’s 3-2 win over Salford. Meanwhile, using statistics, we will point out what went wrong with Graham Alexander’s tactics against Richie Wellens’ tactics.

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