Seven days on from the Plymouth Argyle embarrassment Swindon finally showed some guts and determination as Brett Pitman’s first-half header was enough to seal Town’s first home win since 21st November and lift the club to the heights of 19th in League One.
Despite the lack of quality on show from the Latics Town kept their visitors quiet and defended well as a team, with all eleven players putting in a serious shift, especially loanee defender Conor Masterson.
The former Liverpool man dominated the backline and looks to be one of the best pieces of business done by Director of Football Paul Jewell this season, his defensive partner Dion Conroy also enjoyed a good evening until he was shown a dubious red card in the second half.
Sadly, this means he’ll miss the next fixture in Town’s busy schedule, giving the manager a tough choice of who to bring in to partner Masterson.
With Fryers, Grounds, Baudry, and Broadbent all injured and unlikely to make it back for this weekend’s game against Shrewsbury Town it’ll be between moving Akin Odimayo back to his natural position and playing Rob Hunt at right-back, or naming Anthony Grant alongside the QPR loanee, there is another choice but, let’s not go there. I think he’ll go with the first option, but a part of me is scared that the unnameable choice could happen.
Swindon’s success on the pitch last night came at the right time as 24 hours earlier the fanbase endured one of the worst deadline days since its inception in the 2002/3 season.
First the club’s best player in the first half of the season Matt Smith was recalled by Arsenal, the exact reasons haven’t been made public but with him benched for two games and then left out the squad entirely against Hull City, I’m sure Arsenal felt they had to act and get their player into a club where his talents would be appreciated and nurtured by the manager.
Then Diallang Jaiyesimi and Kieron Freeman left the club for undisclosed fees with pacey winger Jordon Garrick heading to Swindon as part of the Freeman deal to replace DJ, and defensive midfielder Christopher Missilou signing on a permanent deal from Northampton Town.
Despite Tommy Wright saying in his pre-match press conference yesterday that Freeman will be a big miss for Town I’m not overly bothered the former Sheffield United defender has moved on after demanding the move to the manager and owner on Monday.
Any player with that sort of attitude and commitment to anything in their life isn’t worth keeping around, and getting a fee from the move is a good piece of business.
When the ‘BBC Wiltshire Sport Understands’ tweet appeared at 11:14 pm stating Jaiyesimi had been sold to Charlton Athletic you could hear all Town fans cry out in a loud voice as we witnessed another talented player leave the club.
It’s been revealed since that the Addicks triggered DJ’s release clause in his contract meaning Town could do nothing but possibly offer him an improved deal, but I doubt we could match anything offered by the South London club.
And the cherry on top saw the club fail to bring in another striker, the one position earmarked out as the most urgent need of reinforcements.
Understandably deadline day caused huge anger on social media from Town fans with the overriding message that Lee Power needs to leave the County Ground as soon as possible, and I couldn’t agree more.
But this isn’t going to happen any time soon as a court case between Lee Power and Michael Standing regarding the club’s ownership will not be happening until late 2021 or possibly early 2022.
This is a huge blow to every Swindon Town supporter as our football club continues to be owned by someone who isn’t interested after touting our club around before ownership issues came to the surface.
If you need any proof of his lack of interest in Swindon Town Football Club, look at his latest managerial appointment at the County Ground.