ALAN JONES has something to get off his chest. This time it’s all about Swindon Town’s striking struggles…
Bristol Rovers 1, Swindon Town 0….
Another game, the same old problems. At the way we’re going we might as well change the club name to ‘Swindon Town Nil’.
It is noticeable that everyone blames the strikers for our lack of goals, yet they are hardly getting any service. It’s not like the strikers are getting plenty of chances. In my opinion we are playing at too slow a tempo, and the midfield are not helping create the chances.
We have been playing at too slow a tempo for a number of years now, meaning, at the County Ground away teams can start with the knowledge that we are going to be going at them from the first minute.
They can put two banks of four, and asking us to break them down…which we have difficulty doing. We just coast into games, hardly score any goals in the first half, so if we concede we are chasing the game.
Funnily enough, the only time we started at a fast tempo over the last four or five years was in the second leg of the play-off semi against Sheffield United, when we went 2-0 up in the first 10 minutes, but I cannot remember doing that since.
In my opinion, you win the midfield battle, you generally win the game. Our midfield rarely win anything. Yes, we might have plenty of possession, but unless you turn that possession into goals, which we don’t look like doing, what is the point? We need to get our tempo up, and attack to get behind the oppositions defence, so our strikers can have some chances.
Of course, the next game is the perfect time to put this into place…just a little game against our neighbours from down the A420.
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