Town’s pursuit of League One football next season continues to gain momentum as another home win on Saturday secured three more important points for Richie Wellens’ side leaving them four points inside the all-important automatic promotion places.
Goals from Jerry Yates, Diallang Jaiyesimi and a Luke Hendrie OG inside the first 15 minutes of the second half saw Town run out comfortable winners.
At different times throughout Town’s history, we’ve all witnessed seasons that have started well and everything was going to plan and suddenly as soon as it gets to the business end a few injuries and player fatigue creeps in and the wheels come off.
This was a real concern during January where due to injuries and a lack of depth in the squad Richie Wellens’ bench vs. promotion rivals Crewe consisted of Adam May, Cameron McGlip, Scott Twine, Jacob Bancroft, Taylor Curran, Luke Haines, and Luke McCormick.
But I can confidently predict issues that have reared their ugly head in the past won’t be repeating themselves as looking at the bench last Saturday it was incredible to see the amount of talent at the manager’s disposal.
Tom Broadbent, Matt Palmer, Kaiyne Woolery, Jordan Lyden, Hallam Hope, Admiral Muskwe and Luke McCormick were the options for the manager, with Danny Rose not included and Mathieu Baudry and Keshi Anderson returning from their injuries next month.
This isn’t a slight at any of the players from the first bench mentioned, but having the calibre of players from the second bench to call on will be the difference between League Two or League One next season.
It will be a selection headache for the manager, and certain squad members will be annoyed at being left out, but these difficult decisions were sorely needed at Town, huge credit again goes to the clubs Director of Football Paul Jewell for giving the manager the tools needed to bring success this season.
One player who impressed from the bench in his short amount of time on the pitch was Zimbabwean International Admiral Muskwe, he only had just over 10 minutes but he looked confident on the ball, and showed what he can offer going forward.
I’ll be intrigued to see if the manager uses the Leicester City loanee more when March swings into town and Swindon play 4 games in just 15 days, I doubt he’d start Doyle in all four of those games, and Muskwe should get his chance, and we’ll be in for a surprise when he’s given his time to shine.
Another loanee who has also impressed in his short time at Town is Rarmani Edmonds-Green, since joining in January from Huddersfield Town he’s been asked to do a big job at the heart of the defence and has had three different centre-backs alongside him in that short amount of time.
But he’s looked incredibly calm and composed for someone at the beginning of their career and was rightly rewarded for his impressive display on Saturday as he picked up the MOTM award.
He still has lots to learn, but he’s in the best place to improve his game as he’s surrounded by players like Caddis, Baudry, Grant, and Fryers, all have the vital experience he should be desperate to tap into as he forges his career in the game.