Since 2014, before most Swindon home games, I share on Twitter a selection of previous meetings between Town and the side they’re facing, it consists of a simple tweet and a picture of the programme from that day.
With Swindon hosting Milton Keynes this week I tweeted out a few programmes from previous meetings, and one was from the 2005/06 season, sadly a campaign I remember well.
This particular game against Franchise in April 2006 was a must-win fixture against a terrible side who were propping up League One and Town needing a result to have a chance of staying up, and it was a predictably painful afternoon with Iffy Onuora’s side failing to have a shot on target let alone look like winning the game.
Sadly, a poor performance against MK isn’t the only parallel with the 05/06 campaign and this season, as in 2005 after 20 games Town had acquired 17 points from 20 games and sat 23rd in League One, the exact situation we find ourselves in today after last night’s 4-1 humiliation.
John Sheridan’s side looked void of ideas, leadership and frankly any effort as a team who had previously struggled to score in the first half in most games this season breezed through the first 45 minutes.
Static defending allowed Cameron Jerome to put the away side ahead after an impressive save kept out MK’s initial effort, sadly Kovar’s rash decision to go to the ground made Daniel Harvie’s job easier as he put his shot into the top corner. After Jack Payne’s wonder strike Jerome restored the away side’s two-goal lead with Regan Poole finishing off the scoring in the second half to complete a wretched evening at the County Ground.
Since his arrival John Sheridan hasn’t made the impact he would’ve liked at SN1, as results and performances steadily get worse and worse, with it being obvious something has to change it’ll be interesting to see if Lee Power backs the man he appointed only a couple of months ago and provide him with the tools needed to strengthen his squad, or does he sack him and trust someone else to lead this crop of players away from danger?
Going by Tommy Wright’s post-match interview last night it seems the former will prevail as he spoke about the prospect of new faces arriving in January, and looking to offload some current players who aren’t pulling their weight.
This doesn’t 100% show our current manager isn’t under pressure from the board but going by how Power personally approached John Sheridan at Wigan and has a good relationship with him I can see the manager getting the support he needs to change the squad to his style of football in January instead of showing him the door if results don’t improve.
Finally, I want to wish every Town fan a Happy New Year!