Safe to say the end of September and the majority of October were tough being a Swindon fan but there is light at the end of the tunnel. Just a few weeks later the complexion has changed, the sight of the league table looks completely different.
Going into October was tough, the injury to Dion Conroy was a massive blow during the Newport County defeat. Losing arguably your best player and the club captain for much of the season was a bitter pill to swallow. As its Dion Conroy’s second Knee injury in the space of two years, which is heartbreak for Dion. Gabriel Zakuani was brought in on cover, which on paper and which has proven since has been a good signing and he will bolster up the defence in Conroy’s Absence.
Results weren’t that great on the pitch, a 2-1 defeat at Bradford which I listened to the game very jet lagged after getting back from New York at 7am on the same day. I would have been happy with a point, but Bradford just peppered the Swindon goal and it was relentless. Then game the Plymouth home game in the league which I think a draw was the fair result. Plymouth were more the dominate side in the final 20-25 minutes and got the deserved point. Swindon looked very leggy and a draw was credible with the patched-up team that was put out.
The tough one to take was the Crewe result, I went up on the train with a friend. Paid close to £85 for train ticket and football ticket and watched 90 minutes of Crewe relentless pressure. We were 1-0 up at half time thanks to our only shot on goal in the first half, then in second half Crewe just played Swindon off the park and won the game with two late goals. The club official account didn’t help themselves with a tweet after the game saying Crewe stole the win late on. That was a bit tasteless and it got a bit of backlash. The atmosphere in the away end at the final whistle was a bit hostile and a bit toxic.
But since that Crewe result, it has got a lot better on the pitch for Swindon. The Stevenage home game win was a massive result and felt we really needed that ugly 1-0 win to kick start our season again. My point has been proven, just a few days later was the Crawley brilliant away win with the Ginger Pele Eoin Doyle scoring a really composed hat-trick. I was in the away end that day behind the goal and that was best I have seen Swindon play in a long long time away from home. Bar 20 minutes in the first half where they had a few scares, Swindon controlled the game and could have scored a lot more. The change from 4-4-2 to 4-2-3-1 due to injuries mid games has helped and look more assured in midfield in recent games. The big blow to come out of that game was the injury to Lloyd Isgrove who took a nasty fall and is out for 4-6 weeks. I feel this is a blessing in disguise, Lloyd Isgrove hasn’t looked at his best recently and has struggled to complete 90 minutes regularly. It could benefit him and the club in the long run with the club pushing to get out of this league.
At the weekend was another crucial home win played in horrible vile conditions, if that was Swindon of yester year. I think you could have seen a different result. The 2 goals coming early in both halves helped, especially with the nerves in the crowd. The Walsall goal could have been avoided, just bad goalkeeping with Steven Benda getting caught out trying to come for a ball he really shouldn’t and got punished. Then in stoppage time Walsall had the chance to equalise, from where I sit in the DRS stand, I thought the opposition player fluffed his lines from close range over the bar. But seeing it on the socials and on YouTube on Saturday evening, that it was diverted away from goal of Rob Hunt back. Fortune favours the brave.
The last two home games haven’t been pretty, but the results are all that matters. The three wins on the spin gives the team and then fans confidence going into the next few games, the real acid test is keeping this run going and when the injured players come back into the side this team can kick on and maintain that goal to finish in the top three.
Article Author: Scot Munroe