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DAN THE FAN: Keeping Grant in January is vital for promotion hopes
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DAN THE FAN: Keeping Grant in January is vital for promotion hopes

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Town’s run without a win in all competitions now stretches to over a month after taking a point against underperforming Plymouth at the County Ground last weekend.

After being the better side throughout the first half Swindon made their dominance count in added time as a superb team move saw Eoin Doyle neatly chip the Argyle keeper to give Town a lead at the break.

But Ryan Lowe’s side looked reenergised after the break, and took control of proceedings and deservedly leveled the game up as the points were shared.

The biggest disappointment of the afternoon came in the second half as Town sat back and let the opposition play, we didn’t use the sheer pace possessed by the majority of our forward line to our advantage, as both Lloyd Isgrove and Keshi Anderson didn’t look themselves for most of their time on the pitch.

Both players have been carrying knocks so it’s no surprise to see these niggling injuries causing an issue. Thankfully Town has a whole week to prepare and give key players a rest, but it also reveals how injuries have taken their toll on Wellens’ side.

Ideally Diallang Jaiyesimi would be the man to come on in those circumstances but an injury suffered in his first Town game has seen him on the sidelines for a couple of months, hopefully, we’ll get to see the Norwich loanee at some point next month.

The biggest plus point from Saturday afternoon by far was another standout performance from Anthony Grant.

The midfielder did not stop working for the entire 90 minutes and snuffed out any potential danger from the visitors time and time again, his ability to also manage the game and to know when to slow things down is critical.

Having a player with his experience is essential to keep around for the entire season, the first opportunity someone from the club has to make his stay a permanent one or to extend his loan deal needs to do so as a matter of urgency.

Another highlight was the league debut of Steven Benda with Luke McCormick admitting to a lack of confidence the German came in and looked comfortable making some good saves and never looking out of place, If the Swansea man can keep up his impressive performances I can’t see McCormick regaining his number one spot anytime soon.

For the second week in-a-row Town surprised everyone with another Saturday signing as full-back Dion Donohue signed a month-to-month deal with the club following the termination of his contract from Mansfield earlier in the season.

The former Portsmouth defender came straight into Richie Wellens’ starting eleven with both his other left-backs Zeki Fryers and Ellis Iandolo suffering injuries, and played well considering his lack of game time.

It’ll be interesting to see how he fits in going forward with both Fryers and Iandolo playing well so far this season, I can see the manager using Fryers at centre-back to try and replace the pace we now miss with the season seemingly over for Dion Conroy.

As well as Donohue joining up with Town last week reports emerged that former Town captain Paul Caddis has been training with the squad in the hope of earning a deal this season.

Wellens revealed in his post-match interview it was between Donohue and Caddis who he would sign for last Saturday as the squad is very light on full-backs, but he went with Dion as he had no fit natural left-back.

For pure nostalgia sake I would give Caddis a deal, but putting his past aside, looking at his experience at this level and his pure footballing ability I would bring him in as someone who would challenge Rob Hunt for his spot week-in-week-out with current back-up Tyler Reid struggling to make the impact fans would have wanted to see when he signed in the summer.

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