After enduring one of the most negative campaigns in years finally Swindon fans had some good news and some positive football to watch as Town picked up four points from this week’s fixtures and now find themselves out of the relegation zone.
Sadly, the good news regarding football fans returning to grounds will come too late for this season but it gives some positives as hopefully, the County Ground will be able to begin next season with the Town Faithful in full attendance.
Back on the pitch, Swindon came up with two huge results in the context of the season as after being battered like Homer Simpson against Drederick Tatum somehow Town came away with all the points after Scott Twine’s 94th-minute winner against Crewe Alexandra.
It’s hard to remember a game where Town was so outplayed from start to finish and still came away winners, The Alex dominated and should’ve scored 3-4 goals but John Sheridan’s side enjoyed some good fortune as this result gave some much-needed joy in a dreary season.
Incredibly the shocks didn’t stop there as Town picked up a valuable point away at in-form Lincoln City thanks to goals from Jordan Carrick and Brett Pitman.
But the biggest surprise didn’t come from the result but that Town fully deserved their point and could easily have earned a maximum after one of the best away performances of the season.
The introduction of the 5-3-2 system over the past two games has enjoyed mixed results despite two positive outcomes.
Last Saturday as previously mentioned Town got away with one, as Crewe’s Charlie Kirk took advantage of the space left on the right-hand side and should’ve punished Town again and again, but thankfully failed to do so.
But the benefits of such a system were evident on Tuesday evening as Dominic Thompson looked back to something of his best with the freedom of the left-hand side and set-up Town’s opener.
The system also showed why Scott Twine has become one of the key players inside this squad as he enjoyed his best game since returning from his loan spell, as he linked up play well and looked forward whenever he got the ball resulting in Town having 15 shots on goal.
Another positive to come from the past week is the form of newly recruited goalkeeper Jojo Wollacott who has made a good first impression at the County Ground.
After the “frozen pitch” at the Memorial Stadium stopped the young keeper from making his debut last week, his first outing came last Saturday as an impressive one-handed save in the first half showed his qualities, and from there he grew into the game making 2-3 key saves throughout the afternoon and was easily Town’s MOTM.
On Tuesday night he again put on a solid display even though you could say he was slightly out of position for the Imps second-half equaliser, but some rustiness is to be expected when the 24-year-old hasn’t played any first-team football since November 2019.
The biggest takeaway from the past week for the Town squad isn’t the lucky escape last Saturday or the great result last night, it’s the fact they took on one of the best sides in League One and for the majority of the 90 minutes were the better side.
Before last Saturday I had written off this season because of the current managerial incumbent and the near-zero chance of him being sacked, but from what we’ve seen over the past week it’s clear this squad has what it takes to stay up.
This mini-run of results has to gather more pace this Saturday with the visit of fellow relegation candidates Northampton Town.
I’m certain that if we see a repeat of our performance against Lincoln this Saturday Town will pick up a second straight home win and be heading in the right direction in League One.