After the disappointment of exiting the F.A Cup last week Richie Wellens’ side knew they had to respond quickly and maintain their place at the top of League Two, and thanks to the most lethal finisher currently in European football, a new arrival at right-back and a big friendly German, Town got the job done.
Town blew their opponents away in the first 45 minutes and apart from a few chances for the away side Swindon only ever looked like doubling their lead throughout the first half, but after half-time, we had to see a different side to this Town team if they were going to maintain their winning run in League Two.
Time and again the Stags managed to break free of the Town defence but only to be thwarted by our on-loan goalkeeper Steven Benda.
Ever since the 21-year-old keeper stepped in to take Luke McCormick’s place between the sticks he’s never looked like relinquishing the role and showed why on Saturday with two big saves to keep Town’s three points intact.
It’s clear by his enthusiastic posts on social media after games how much he’s enjoying life in Wiltshire, and unless Swansea comes calling in January, which seems unlikely, I would be perfectly happy if he remained the club’s number one for the duration of the season.
Another player who enjoyed a superb game last Saturday was the returning Paul Caddis as he dominated the right-hand side of the pitch and along with the fellow experienced pro-Anthony Grant laid the foundations for Town’s tough, hard-fought win.
Richie Wellens will have a tough choice on his hands when Dion Donohue’s newly signed contract is okayed by the FA and he can be considered for selection, as with Rob Hunt being one of Town’s most consistent performers this season I can’t see him being dropped for Donohue. Benching Caddis would be a big call from the manager after such an impressive second home debut.
But despite his heroic return, I doubt the former Celtic man will start against Grimsby in a couple of weeks with both Hunt and Donohue playing incredibly well before Donohue’s recent absence.
With Caddis missing out on a full pre-season him not being an automatic starter will give the 31-year-old a chance to catch up with his fitness and then he’ll be raring to go when the busy Christmas schedule rolls into Town.
It’s tough to see at this point whether this enforced two week break for Wellens’ side is a good or bad thing with Town on a superb run of form in the league you would want the games to come thick and fast, but also key players do need a rest before the already mentioned busy Christmas period.
I would’ve personally liked to be playing this weekend as a break in momentum can affect a winning side. We’ll just have to wait and see the effects when Town travels to Grimsby on Dec 7th to try and make it six League Two wins on the bounce against the managerless Mariners.