It’s often said that the international break is a dull time of the football calendar but for Town and their supporters it’s been anything but with a superb performance and result at Salford to lift us to the summit of League Two, the return of Paul Caddis after a six-year absence and an unfortunate cup exit, again at the hands of Cheltenham Town.
Last Saturday at Moor Lane Swindon dominated their opponents from start to finish and fully deserved all the points against an in-form Salford City side, Eoin Doyle once again showing why he’s the in-form striker in the country with two superbly taken goals taking his tally to 16 goals for the season.
Every time the Irishman plays and scores the subject of his loan deal will rear its ugly head and it’s difficult to ignore this huge issue that could potentially derail our season.
We have to hope Bradford display some common sense and leave him with us as it’s clear he wouldn’t have the same impact at Valley Parade as he does in Wiltshire. Or the Swindon chairman forks out the money needed to make his stay permanent, the latter would be the ideal situation but unless we can get some players off the wage bill I doubt that will be the result.
Following on from one of the best days so far this season, Football showed once again how cruel it could be as Richie Wellens’ side bowed out of the F.A Cup at the first hurdle again, despite being the better team on a cold evening at the County Ground.
As well as missing Doyle’s composure in front of goal, Town missed Anthony Grant’s presence in the middle of the park as Danny Rose had a disappointing evening alongside Jordan Lyden in midfield.
Grant’s loan deal being extended in January could prove to be another major part of this season. In a completely different department on the pitch, the former Southend man’s performances are just as important as Doyle’s goals. Not since Rohan Ince had his incredible run of MOTM displays at Town have we seen a player with such ability in this position.
At this moment in time, the thought of losing those two players in January fills me and I’m sure lots of other Town fans with dread, but if that happens we have to show full confidence in the recruitment team and hope they can find another duo as good going into the second half of the season.
After the game last night the manager confirmed that Dion Donahue will be signing a contract extension with the club this morning, without all the details it’s hard for me to comment fully, but I presume it’ll be until the end of the season.
This is a piece of encouraging news as since he arrived the former Pompey man has been key inside Wellens’ side, let’s hope he can repay the clubs faith in him by keeping up his good form and make the left-back spot his own.
Another full-back who signed up to Town’s promotion bid this season is former Swindon captain and former Scottish international Paul Caddis.
It’s clear from what the former Birmingham man has said he isn’t here to remind Town fans of the Di Canio era but to show he’s still got the talent to make a huge difference and play a big role in getting this club once again promoted back to League One.
After being omitted from Tuesday night’s squad it’ll be interesting to see on Saturday if the manager gives Caddis his second home debut and moves Rob Hunt to the left, keeps faith with Iandolo or brings Donahue straight back into the side.
I would guess Wellens wouldn’t throw Donahue straight back into the starting eleven due to a couple of reasons, one being this weekend we face his former side Mansfield Town, and him not including Caddis against Cheltenham means he wants him fresh and raring to go this weekend as Town look to make it five league wins on the bounce and stretch their lead at the top of the League Two table.