After ending January on the worst possible note with a 1-0 home defeat to Crawley Town, Richie Wellens’ side had two choices before them when coming into February.
Concede the season is over and continue to underachieve, or show some personal pride in themselves and the club they represent. Thankfully it seems this group of players has opted for the latter.
Two superb team performances have seen Town earn six points from two sides who have been occupying a spot in the top seven all season.
Richie Wellens commented after the 3-2 victory last Saturday away at Milton Keynes on the lack of atmosphere at the County Ground since his arrival, and he’s spot on, but I find it very difficult to blame the Town faithful, especially with supporters groups like the Great Western Reds, who have produced some amazing banners over the last few years.
After suffering through a pretty bleak last few years any football fan would find it tough trying to generate any positive atmosphere, leading to a lot of fan frustration, which then bleeds onto the pitch.
But on Tuesday night you could hear and feel the buzz in the air during and after the game, all because the eleven men on the pitch put in maximum effort, which deservedly resulted in three points and our first home win since 8th December.
Tuesday night’s 2-0 win over Forest Green Rovers lifted Town to 10th in League Two and five points away from the playoffs.
With 42 points still up for grabs you can’t say the idea of earning a playoff spot in May is completely off the table, but with teams needing between 70-75 points to make the playoffs in the last five seasons, and Town currently sitting on 46 points, it seems the race for the top seven could go all the way to the last game of the season.
With Newport County still involved in the F.A Cup, Swindon find themselves with a free weekend, meaning Wellens’ side won’t be back in competitive action until 23rd February.
This must be incredibly frustrating for the manager who will want to keep the games coming thick and fast to keep up this new momentum his side has built up, but sadly we will have to wait until the visit of Grimsby to SN1 a week on Saturday.