THE opening of Plymouth Argyle’s new Mayflower Grandstand will add further spice to Swindon Town’s visit to Home Park on New Year’s Day, and defender Paul Caddis is relishing the opportunity of playing in front of a season high audience.

Almost 12,000 attended Argyle’s dramatic clash at home to Stevenage on Sunday where defender Niall Canavan snatched a 96th-minute winner and rescue three points despite both teams being locked at one apiece for more than half-an-hour.

A few more thousand spectators are expected to be added to that record on Wednesday when the Devon club opens its new grandstand situated behind both dugouts.

There is no doubting that a booming attendance will only add to the game’s atmosphere – particularly considering both teams’ favourable League Two positions entering the new year.

With Bradford City and Crewe Alexandra visiting the County Ground for the first two Saturdays of 2020, Town are about to enter their most important three-game stretch of the season so far.

Caddis said: “It’s a big month for us, but we’re relishing these games.

“We trust each other as players, we trust the management and the management trust us to go out and do our jobs.

“Playing a game in front of 18,000 will be good, but we’ve got to take the occasion out of the game and look after Swindon first and foremost.

“If we can keep the ball and frustrate them, the home fans can turn on the players and it can help us to try and win the game.

“If you want to win the league and be successful, you need to be successful in these games.”

Town enter Wednesday’s game with a host of injury concerns.

Defenders Mathieu Baudry, Zeki Fryers and Tom Broadbent are unlikely to feature, while Ellis Iandolo will not travel after he was stretchered off during Town’s 2-0 defeat at Port Vale on Sunday.

Keshi Anderson is also a doubt after he played through the pain barrier in Stoke two days ago to ensure Town ended the game with 11 men.

Caddis added: “There is a squad there for a reason, but we’ve got plenty of experience.

“Anthony Grant played centre-back against Port Vale and I thought he slotted in seamlessly, to be honest.

“But what we’ve got a good mix of players in this squad. We’ve got the experience and we’ve got a few younger players too.”