After the disappointment of last weekend, Swindon looked back to their old selves, as the 3-5-2 formation made its return on Saturday.
Harry McKirdy’s first-half goal put Ben Garner’s side deservedly ahead, and Tyreece Simpson’s second-half brace secured another three points on the road this season.
Simpson bounced back in perfect fashion as he superbly brought down and finished Louis Deed’s delightful through ball, after the home side got a goal back the Ipswich loanee secured the points with a goal that perfectly highlighted his attributes with a superb run and finish into the bottom corner to take his tally to six goals in fifteen games.
Last weekend the 19-year-old striker endured a game to forget, as did most of his teammates, and his contribution is always highlighted as he plays as a lone striker. After a couple of missed opportunities at both ends, the striker showed what he’s all about on Saturday.
I stand by what I said last week regarding Simpson needing some support and competition in his position, as having pressure on your place in a side can only improve his game, we hope that arrives in January.
One aspect of this side that is clear to every Town fan is the togetherness of this squad and the bond already created, which will play a big role this season.
This was at its strongest on Saturday when Simpson scored his first goal, as his teammates surrounded the striker and pointed to him in front of the travelling Town fans, and the support he received on social media after the game.
It’s been clear in the past when a group of players has formed certain cliques which have negatively impacted the team, the most obvious being the 2010/11 side which was expected to do big things, but a lack of togetherness was one of the reasons for our 24th place finish.
On Saturday we saw another impressive showing from Twitter’s newest account holder Harry McKirdy, as he took his goal superbly from Ellis Iandolo’s cross.
Ever since he made his Town debut in September 2015 vs. Newport County in the then-named Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Ellis has struggled to make his mark at the club, mainly due to many injuries over his career.
But this season it’s been great to see Town’s longest-serving player finally getting a decent run in a Swindon side.
The 24-year-old has already made seventeen first-team appearances this season, including twelve starts, with his most for Town being twenty appearances in a season, showing how this campaign should hopefully be the one he makes a long-lasting impact at the club.
This weekend Town travels to Gresty Road to take on League One strugglers Crewe Alexandra in the F.A Cup 1st Round.
After a decade of underachievement in cup competitions, I would love the club to have a decent run, which is shamefully something younger Town fans would have never truly experienced.
A successful run would increase interest in the club, create newer cup memories than Wigan Athletic and Aston Villa at the County Ground, and hopefully bring some big clubs down to Wiltshire in 2022.