Fleetwood Town head coach is ready to meet a familiar face when Swindon Town visit

Simon Grayson is wary of old friend John Sheridan as the pair go head to head today.

Saturday, 20th March 2021, 8:00 am

Grayson’s Fleetwood Town side hosts Sheridan’s Swindon Town team at Highbury this afternoon.

Sheridan, who had a brief spell in charge at Highbury during the 2017/18 season, took over as Swindon boss in November after starting the campaign at Wigan Athletic.

Grayson said: “I know Sheridan from my days as an apprentice at Leeds, we’ve got a long knowledge of each other and a friendship.

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“He’s got a team that sums up the division. They’ve got some good players and they can go on a run, then they’ll make a mistake and be punished.

“We have to be concentrated on what we’re doing but you still have to be aware of the threats that they’ve got.

“Brett Pitman has played at a really good level and has been an outstanding goalscorer.

“We don’t underestimate them without a shadow of a doubt.”

While Swindon are at the wrong end of the table, Town go into the game on the back of four wins from five.

Today’s game is also the last for almost a fortnight as next week’s scheduled match against Burton Albion is off due to their international call-ups.

Grayson said: “When you’re winning games it does make it a lot easier in terms of what you’re going to do.

“We have picked up a few knocks from Tuesday night’s game, and over the last few weeks, we have been able to patch one or two players up.

“Hopefully we can get as strong a team out as possible, then recharge the batteries after the weekend and we’ll hopefully have a cleaner bill of health.”

The midweek win over Ipswich Town continued the club’s resurgence after winning only one of Grayson’s first six games.

Explaining that turnaround, Grayson said: “It’s being clear in the process that you’re trying to do and not chopping and changing.

“There have been odd times when I’ve thought about changing the system, then other times when I’ve thought again as you’re trying to get a consistent performance, selection and way of playing, which makes it easy to do.

“In the longer term, we can go to a back four at any particular moment in time but we’ve stuck with our idea of how we want to play.

“The players have responded really well and taken on board anything that we’ve wanted to do and asked them to do.”

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