If you look at last Saturday’s draw against Grimsby Town as a single event, you could see it as a disappointing result after the number of chances created on the day and the club’s resulting league position.
But I implore you to take a step back and look at the bigger picture. Richie Wellens’ Swindon Town side have managed to breathe new life, not only into this season, but into the club itself.
I’ll be the first to admit I was slightly bewildered at the former Oldham manager’s appointment last November, but despite a few setbacks he’s repaid the trust the Chairman showed in him last year.
Since his arrival he’s overseen 16 league games – with 7 wins, five draws and four defeats. If those were the opening 16 games of the season, Town would’ve found themselves inside the playoff places.
In every interview since taking over, Wellens has always downplayed his sides chances of making the playoffs, but it was interesting to hear his comments after Saturday’s game, as he said: “we look like a team that could have a stab at the playoffs from where we’ve been”
It’s encouraging to hear Wellens signal his intent for this season, and it’s hard to disagree with him after watching his side completely outplay a side that also sit on 47 points in League Two.
As a supporter there’s nothing worse than a season petering out into nothing, and that seemed to be the case after the Crawley defeat – but after a recent upturn in form, and the unpredictable nature of League Two, anything is possible if this momentum continues.
It was also encouraging on Saturday to see Theo Robinson put in another man of the match performance, with his quick reactions following up on his header being saved with a nice finish in front of the Town End.
As the manager said in his post-match interview, it’s not just his goal that endears him to the Town faithful but his work rate all over the pitch. If only we had a striker of his quality from last August, we certainly wouldn’t find ourselves outside the top seven.
Another player who has hit the ground running is defender Tom Broadbent, the former Bristol Rovers man has looked assured and confident at the back since his arrival, and hasn’t looked out of place considering his lack of playing time this season.
It’s clear to everyone he will play a huge role in any success we have this season or in the seasons ahead.
This Saturday Town welcome 5th place Colchester Utd to the County Ground. With Town pushing for that all important playoff spot, and the U’s just one point inside the top seven, this encounter could turn out to be season defining for both clubs.