Dean Smith today admitted Romaine Sawyers has given him a selection headache ahead of tonight’s trip to Swindon Town.
Sawyers was instrumental in the Saddlers’ 2-1 win over Stevenage on Saturday and scored his second goal of the season, in what was his first start in almost a month.
The forward’s inclusion came at the expense of central midfielder Nicky Featherstone and was part of a tactical switch to 4-4-1-1, with the former Albion man deployed behind lone striker Craig Westcarr.
But a three-man central midfield, with Featherstone alongside Sam Mantom and Adam Chambers, has served the Saddlers well on their travels and featured in some of their best results – most notably the derby win at Wolves.
Smith must decide whether to stick with Sawyers, or recall Featherstone, for the trip to the County Ground. Sawyers is yet to make back-to-back starts this term.
“I’ve certainly got a decision to make,” said Smith.
“Romaine came in and did really well, as I thought he would.
“Obviously we have been playing with a three-man midfield away from home and we’ve done well in the past month.
“I suppose the exception to that was against Leyton Orient when we had Andy Butler sent off early on, we ended up playing a 4-4-1 formation there.
“Whatever is the case, we will go to Swindon with a lot of confidence. Wherever we go we will put in a good performance.”
Swindon are looking to extend a run of four straight wins but meet a Saddlers side who themselves have claimed eight points from their last four away league games.
Smith saw the Robins beat Notts County 2-0 last Friday night and was impressed by what he saw.
Smith is predicting a game for the “footballing purists”.
“They have some really good players and are a fluid team who play good football,” he said.
“It will certainly be one for the purists to watch and it will be a difficult game for us.”