Two wins, two defeats, seven goals scored, eight conceded. On paper Swindon’s start to the season looks distinctly average, but ask any Town fan that has endured the last few seasons and they will tell you there is something different in the air at SN1.
Following on from the pure joy of last Saturday, Richie Wellens’ side were brought back down to earth with a bump after a disappointing 3-0 defeat to fellow League Two side Colchester Utd in the Carabao Cup 1st Round.
Despite the poor result and the unwanted record of five seasons in-a-row without a win in the League Cup, it doesn’t dampen the mood created by the already mentioned 3-2 win over Carlisle Utd at the County Ground.
There are certain games and results at a club that you feel a certain shift in either a positive or a negative way, and last Saturday felt like the most positive shift in momentum in many, many years at the County Ground as the Town faithful seem 100% behind everything Richie Wellens is doing at their football club.
Ever since the full time whistle blew at Wembley Stadium in 2015 every season has seemed lifeless, the club has been in some zombie state, not living, merely existing inside the football world, but thanks to the talented squad put together by the manager and the exciting football on offer, the County Ground has come alive again.
All the new signings that started the game last Saturday have hit the ground running, Rob Hunt, Mathieu Baudry, Zeki Fryers, Jordan Lyden, Lloyd Isgrove and Jerry Yates all look a step above what we were watching last season.
Isgrove once again stood out with his blistering pace, Yates looks like the fox in the box striker we’ve been missing and Lyden in midfield seemed to cover every blade of grass on Marcus Cassidy’s superb pitch.
The former Aston Villa man looks far too good to be playing in League Two, hats off to Paul Jewell and Ben Chorley for finding this gem of a midfielder.
Not everything was perfect last Saturday as the manager wouldn’t of been happy at the manner of the goals conceded against Carlisle or shipping three more in the League Cup last night.
I firmly believe Town’s centre back choices of Baudry, Conroy, Ballard and Broadbent are a massive step up from the past few seasons, but it will take a number of games for Wellens to find a partnership he completely trusts going forward.
It’s also important the manager brings in some serious competition for current number one Luke McCormick, as Town’s no. 23 knows he isn’t going to lose his place to Will Henry with the manager even playing the former Plymouth man in the Leasing.com Trophy game against Chelsea B.
Between the sticks isn’t the only area of the team that needs reinforcements with Jerry Yates’s suspension and Norwich loanee Diallang Jaiyesimi being ruled out for a few months. New faces will hopefully be arriving soon, even before our tough trip to Devon to face Exeter City this Saturday at the real St. James’ Park.