If we’re at the stage of the season now where points are more important than performances, then Tuesday night was good enough. The suspicion is if we replicated that performance against Fleetwood in this upcoming game against Peterborough United, things may be different, but winning can often provide that extra belief and spring in the step required to play better and beget strong runs of form.
Liam Kelly’s traffic-induced absence from the Tuesday’s win over Fleetwood Town encapsulated the horrible luck we’re enduring with injuries, suspensions and freak happenings right now. However, with Kelly back in the fold for this game, the return from suspension of Bright Enobakhare, as well as Jordan Ponticelli and Zain Westbrooke being fit enough for the bench on Tuesday night, Robins is suddenly blessed with options again.
In defence, as admirably as Morgan Williams held his own on his debut against a tough Fleetwood attack, he looked very much a raw talent who should preferably be spared from regular first-team football right now. Whether he can be taken out of the side depends on the fitness of Jordan Willis, although with Williams unable to last the 90 minutes on Tuesday, Robins may well start Jack Grimmer at centre-back. At left-back, Junior Brown looks set for a return to the starting line-up after a reasonable cameo against Fleetwood and with Brandon Mason seemingly out of form.
The midfield is likely to be re-jigged back to the formula that began this upturn in form, with Bright Enobakhare slotting into his number 10 role and Liam Kelly holding things together in a deeper position. Although it was a commendable effort on Tuesday night, the lack of creativity in midfield – Tom Bayliss aside – and the ease with which Fleetwood played through the centre of the park highlighted the importance of the duo.