After weeks of subpar performances home and away Richie Wellens’ side looked back to their best last Saturday as Swindon dominated from minute one at the Broadfield Stadium.
Town never let their opponents settle as they bombarded Crawley in the opening stages of the game and apart from a short spell of pressure from the home side Town were in total control, as our Bradford loanee once again showing his natural ability in front of goal with a superb hat-trick, taking his tally of goals to 13 this season in the same number of appearances.
It’s certainly true that some players perform much better under certain managers, either their playing styles work well or a specific style of man-management can do wonders for their confidence, but whatever it is between Richie Wellens and Eoin Doyle it’s certainly working as the Irish striker has now scored 27 goals in 44 appearances under Wellens at both Oldham and Swindon.
The Town boss doesn’t seem worried about his parent club recalling him in January in a recent interview, and as the manager knows better than any of us I’m going to relax and enjoy watching the Ginger Pele add to his impressive tally as the season progresses.
It wasn’t only Doyle who looked dangerous up top on Saturday as his striking partner Jerry Yates took his tally to 7 goals this season and generally made a nuisance of himself the entire 90 minutes.
It must be a nightmare for any defender having to mark and keep hold of Yates during a game, as if you watch the young striker his movement and work rate off the ball is beyond impressive.
Paul Jewell and Richie Wellens have to be congratulated on putting together such a dynamic striking partnership. If we can keep these two guys fit and manage to play them together for the majority of the campaign it’s difficult to see how Town couldn’t finish inside at least the top seven in League Two.
Another player who stood out last weekend was our new full-back, Dion Donohue, the 26-year-old has settled in well inside Wellens’ squad and has settled in well in his four appearances, like everyone against Crewe he didn’t shine too brightly but on his debut against Plymouth and on Saturday he looked a step above this level.
His cross for Doyle’s second goal of the afternoon couldn’t have been more perfect, an absolute dream for any striker. With the former Pompey man having a rolling month-to-month contract I presume to prove he’s learned from previous mistakes it wouldn’t surprise me to see the club turn that into a contract lasting until the end of the season, as it would be foolish not to tie down someone with his undoubted ability.
This Saturday Swindon welcomes struggling Walsall to the County Ground as Town look to build on two important victories and keep the pressure on the top three in League Two.
Darrell Clarke’s side arrives in Wiltshire on the back of five defeats in a row after a 2-1 home defeat to Mansfield last weekend, it also sees the return of Elijah Adebayo to Swindon after his unsuccessful loan spell last season, and I’m not sure he’ll get the warmest of welcomes from the Swindon faithful if he makes it onto the pitch.