A respectable start back in League One for Swindon Town, most fans including myself would snap your hands off after three games with six points on the table and sitting in sixth place. Remember it is a marathon and not a sprint. But there has been encouraging signs that this team assembled by Richie Wellens and co can do consolidate in this league and maybe a couple of seasons down the line push higher.
Saturday’s performance against Burton Albion mirrored the opening day performance against Rochdale. Swindon raced into a 3-0 goal lead and were very clinical. Jordan Stevens, Brett Pitman and Mathieu Baudry all netting their first goals for the club in a frantic first half which saw three goals scored at a frantic pace and blew the Brewers away. What struck me about the first half performance was that Swindon were more purposeful in possession and more clinical in front of goal.
Stephen Quinn pulled one back just before half time which was a bit of a dampener as Swindon were cruising at this point. A part of me as you do as a fan think uh oh. We have conceded one just before half time and I have seen Swindon do this before and concede just after and throw away all that hard work that was done in the opening half hour away. But once again Swindon were more clinical in front of goal as Matt Smith with the high press and winning the ball high fed Johnny Smith and he made it 4-1. The Smiths are doing alright for the Town and have been all the talk on the social media before and after the game. Lucas Akins pulled one back with a header from close range on which there could be some communication issues between defence and GK. I imagine some people on twitter and FB will be angry with Kovar with the goals he has conceded at Swindon in the last couple of games. Come on that guy is only 19 and young and of course he will make mistakes. Do not hang him out to dry already. Seen fans calling him to be dropped after the two goals he conceded against Blackpool. Just look how long it took Steven Benda to adjust to league two football last season and look how he turned out. Its Swings and Roundabouts
Swindon home form has generally picked up since Richie Wellens has come to manage at Swindon Town and the stats back It up. With the home games he has overseen Swindon have picked up 21 wins out of 36 games, picking up 70 points in the process. Just remember the last league one campaign which was in 2016/17, Swindon picked up 7 home wins all season. But that did include back to back home wins in the league at the start of that season over Coventry and Port Vale where Bradley Barry scored the winner in that game. 4 years later this club is better, and the squad is streets ahead of that 2016/17 side. With the football that Richie Wellens likes to play we are suited to play at home. Play on the front foot, the high press and the intensity. This showed in games we won at home last season and has shown in the league home games this season. The high press in both games has been highly effective.
The next month is going to be tough as the games start to come thick and fast. But with the squad that Richie Wellens now has after bringing in some fresh bodies in I think we can adapt to the tough schedule that is ahead of us.
Article kindly written by Scot Munroe.