There are some days as a football fan you treasure and look back with huge affection, and thankfully we’ve had those as Town fans, but we’ve also had days that you want to block from your memory and never think about again.
I’m sure for the 1,000 strong away support that made the trip over the bridge on Saturday the second statement rings true as Swindon endured a day to forget in South Wales.
After a superb performance and result against Crewe Alexandra the week before hopes were high we would witness the same at Rodney Parade, but after witnessing the playing surface it was clear the style Richie Wellens likes his team to play wasn’t going to happen.
It’s incredible that in 2020 the sort of playing surface Town had to contend with on Saturday is still churned out by some clubs, I understand some of the reasons why it’s so bad, but despite those things surely there is no excuse for such a shoddy surface.
You have to give some credit to Newport as they had an effective game plan and they saw it through over the 90 minutes, as they knew Town wouldn’t be used to playing their football on a farmers field. It was also the first time our centre-back pairing had played together with new signing Rarmani Edmonds-Green coming into the side for his Town debut
The timing of the young defenders debut was harsh on him as he was thrown into the deep end against an incredibly physical side, and considering it was his first game since playing for Huddersfield in their 2-1 win over Blackburn on 29th December, he showed considerable promise for his time at SN1.
One of the reasons Edmonds-Green had to make his debut for Town in less than ideal circumstances is the ever-increasing list of players unavailable to the manager in such a crucial time in the season.
With Doughty out with an illness, Baudry and Fryers suffering short term injuries, Anderson’s return a few weeks away, Conroy and Iandolo out for the rest of the season, all the complications with Donahue’s contract at Town mixed up with him pleading guilty in a Nottinghamshire Court last week for offences committed when he was at Mansfield Town and Lyden out suspended for one more game.
Hopefully these players will be returning to action soon as Town face three tough games in just over a week as they welcome playoff-chasing Port Vale to the County Ground this Saturday, visit another side looking for a playoff spot in Colchester United next Tuesday and round it off by hosting 2nd place Exeter City on 1st February.
Town could either find themselves with a healthy lead at the top of the table or dropping out of the top three at the end of these three huge games in our season.
These games will show if this squad has what it takes to keep up their impressive form and remain at the top of the summit or if they start to show signs of pressure under the weight of expectation upon them.
Hopefully by this weekend Town may have a new face or two in their squad to cope with the number of games coming up, but I doubt that will involve any potential movement for Eoin Doyle, as I can see any potential deal being dragged out until the end of the transfer window.
I hope I’m wrong and something can happen between the two clubs soon, as we all know it won’t work out for him at Bradford and his home is back in Wiltshire.