Five months and eight days after suffering their last league defeat at the County Ground Town’s impressive home record ended as early goals in both halves see Forest Green Rovers leave Wiltshire with all the three points.
Swindon manager Richie Wellens made two changes to the side that defeated Scunthorpe as Rob Hunt and Keshi Anderson came into the starting line-up replacing Tom Broadbent and Lloyd Isgrove respectively.
Dropping Broadbent after the recent improvement of his form was a brave choice by the manager but bringing Rob Hunt back into the starting eleven was a welcomed return as he’s been someone who has flown under the radar this season but consistently puts in good performances.
Neither centre-back covered themselves in glory throughout the game but that applies to the entire backline as Mark Cooper’s side played a blinder in using every trick in the book to slow proceedings down and frustrate the flow of the game, which ultimately proved decisive.
Including a recently returned Keshi Anderson could potentially be seen in hindsight as the wrong one as the former Northampton man worked hard but struggled to find players with the ball and apart from a long-range attempt on goal didn’t look like troubling the visiting keeper before his substitution.
Hopefully, he’ll come back and play a more important role in Wellens’ side as the weeks roll on as we’ve seen in the past he has the ability but it seemed from his performance on Saturday he wasn’t ready and leaving Lloyd Isgrove in the starting eleven would’ve been the better move as he made an instant impact when coming on in the second half.
But despite the questionable team selection and substitutions, poor individual performances and disappointing result Paul Caddis put it best in his post-match interview “You lose games, it’s simple; it’s how you bounce back”
With promotion and the League Two title still in our own hands I have full confidence this side can and will bounce back at the first opportunity.
This weekend Town travels to Boundary Park to face 18th place Oldham Athletic who have failed to find any consistency as they easily beat Bradford City and Newport County last month but lose heavily to Exeter City and Crawley Town, making Dino Maamria’s team an unpredictable prospect.
But despite this, I can’t see the Latics proving a huge test for Town as Wellens’ side should earn all the points in Greater Manchester and if other results go our way, seeing Swindon back at the League Two summit by 5 pm on Saturday.
I wanted to finish by giving special praise to everyone involved in the red and white Tifo display in the Don Rogers Stand on Saturday.
As with all the displays put on this season and in previous years, it looked amazing and they always add something special to the matchday experience. I can’t wait to see what all parties involved have planned next.