Tuesday night’s home defeat to Plymouth Argyle saw Swindon’s poor run of results continue as Richie Wellens’ side have now lost four of their last five in all competitions, resulting in a lot of the early enthusiasm for this season starting to creep away.
But despite this poor run of results, all Town fans must look at the bigger picture of this current season.
When times are tough as a football fan it’s incredibly easy to be selfish and sulk about recent results and performances, (I know this as I’m the biggest culprit) but it’s important not to get too downhearted, and to reignite the early season optimism around this team.
When speaking on BBC Wiltshire in his post-match interview on Tuesday evening the manager rightly commented that football fans go over the top when their side wins and far too negative when they lose, and Swindon need their fan base loud and proud when we welcome Plymouth again this weekend to Wiltshire
Richie Wellens’ squad will only succeed this season if that sense of doom and gloom doesn’t come near SN1, the crowds in this campaign have been superb, much more optimistic than in previous years, and that must continue or we face another year stuck in the basement of the football league.
I’m not saying football fans shouldn’t be critical of their side or certain players when they deserve it, like Tuesday evening, as the majority of Town’s squad didn’t perform to the standard they and the supporters expect.
But it’s about keeping it in perspective, and being able to move on and not dwell on bad results and performances as that only festers negativity around certain players or the football club as a whole.
Despite the majority of Tuesday night being a big disappointment, there were a few positives to pick out, one being a decent start between the sticks for Steven Benda.
The young German goalkeeper started the game nervously as you’d expect when I’m sure he’s desperate to make a good first impression, but as the game progressed he made some good saves and without his quick reflexes the scoreline would’ve been much more one-sided than it ended up being.
Does this mean I think he’ll be replacing Luke McCormick this weekend? No, he didn’t show quite enough to dislodge our current number one permanently, but it shows if McCormick continues to make the odd mistake here and there the manager has someone who is up to the task of filling that position.
As I mentioned previously Plymouth Argyle visit the County Ground for the second time this week as they face Town in League Two action in what promises to be a much closer encounter than Tuesday evening.
With the Pilgrims desperate to give their league campaign some much-needed life and Town needing to return to winnings ways to keep up with the clubs above them I’m not expecting a ridged, stale, uninspired game at the County Ground, but a contest full of life and attacking football as both sides look to exploit the other’s weaknesses and earn themselves a vital three points.