Swindon’s impressive recent resurgence continues to gather pace as goals from Eoin Doyle and Diallang Jaiyesimi and some superb last-ditch defending saw Town move into the automatic promotion spots in League Two.
Doyle’s unmatched game to goal ratio in the Football League stole the headlines but it was Town’s grit and determination to hold onto those three points that stood out to anyone at the County Ground last weekend.
After Rory Gaffney got the visitors back into the game with 36 minutes left on the clock the nerves certainly kicked in as we’d seen home capitulations many times before, but thankfully this squad has something about it that didn’t seem to exist with previous groups of players in recent years, a real desire and hunger to ensuring Town left with all the points.
I’m not accusing former players of not putting their all into playing for Town but this current squad and management team has something different about them, something that was missing under Flitcroft and Brown, a real sense of playing for each other, and that shone through on Saturday.
Town’s impressive defensive showing is even more remarkable when you consider one of our two centre backs isn’t a natural in that position as Zeki Fryers has had to step up in the absence of Dion Conroy.
He’s still adjusting to his new role after years playing as a full-back and wing-back but has settled into the position incredibly well and not looked out of place. It’ll be interesting to see if the manager dives in to the transfer market in January for another centre back or keeps his trust in Fryers and back up options Tom Broadbent and Taylor Curran.
With Town back in-form inside League Two, attention now turns to the F.A Cup as we travel to Whaddon Road this weekend to face another side enjoying a good season in Cheltenham Town.
As the draw was made a few weeks ago myself like many fans simply sighed when we drew the Robins away, as my mind went straight back to 2014 when we were humiliated 5-0 in the same competition.
I’m sure every Town fan would agree that promotion back to League One is the priority this season, but our club also needs a decent cup run after many, many years of underachievement inside all cup competitions.
With interest in Richie Wellens’ side starting to gather pace inside the local area a successful run in the F.A Cup will only help in attracting more people back inside the County Ground who lost interest in recent years.
We all saw how beating Wigan Athletic in the F.A Cup under Paolo Di Canio helped boost the entire campaign and created extra interest and energy around the club, that needs to return so we can get that same excitement surrounding this side as it did in 2012.