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DAN THE FAN: Mr. Versatile shines again
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DAN THE FAN: Mr. Versatile shines again

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Nine months after we saw Eoin Doyle score against Scunthorpe some of the Town faithful once again witnessed a Swindon goal in person thanks to some great work and finish from Diallang Jaiyesimi in a much-improved performance from Town’s number seven.

Ever since joining on a permanent deal during the summer the former Watford attacking midfielder has failed to capture the same form we witnessed at the end of last season.

This is not solely down to the talented youngster as he’s had to overcome injuries and a change of manager but with two goals in his last two games hopefully, this is when his true talent shines through.

But despite scoring the opening goal he was still outshone by his Town teammate Akin Odimayo on Saturday as our wing-back enjoyed another great afternoon.

The former Reading man has been Mr. Versatile this season being used first in his natural position as a centre-back but has mostly been used as a full-back, now being pushed further forward by manager John Sheridan, and it was a good move as he looked at home in his new role.

He has some work to do on his crossing, but if that improves, he really could cement this role for himself for the rest of the season.

Sadly, on the other side of the pitch, Jonny Smith didn’t enjoy such a good afternoon as he frustrated those in attendance as he got into great positions but wasted chances to make an impact.

It’s clear to everyone he has an abundance of talent and why Bristol City tied him down to a long-term deal in the summer, he has shown at points this season how gifted he can be with the ball at his feet but once he can become more consistent, especially in this finishing, he’ll realise his potential.

Thankfully Town managed to earn something from the game as Brett Pitman’s late header in front of the Town End put an end to our losing streak and move us a point closer to escaping the bottom four.

Similar to Jaiyesimi, Pitman’s start to the season has been hampered by injury and a lack of fitness, but despite this, I thought we would’ve got more out of our experienced striker, once he finally reaches full match fitness, then we may see some of the player his previous clubs have witnessed.

It’s vital Town take the positives from Saturday into this weekend’s game against top of the table Portsmouth and earn something from Fratton Park, which could possibly lift us out of the dreaded relegation zone.

Finally, I want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas!

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