2 Years Later: What Has Changed at Swindon Town?
Two years ago Swindon Town found themselves failing to meet expectations under the tenure of Maurice Malpas. After 14 games in November 2008 Town were sitting 17th in League One with 16 points, 10 points off 6th place and 3 clear of the relegation zone. Now in November 2010 Town have much raised fan expectations and are similarly inconsistent placed 16th with 17 points. The difference today is the tight 6 point gap between Charlton in 6th and Plymouth in 21st, where at least there remains the possibility 2 or 3 wins on the bounce to propel Town upwards, although of course the opposite is also likely.
Back then the 14th game for Town was a memorable 3-3 draw away at Scunthorpe where Simon Cox rescued the game for us with a superb hatrick. There are obvious similarities with the Yeovil match on Saturday, our 14th of this season, also yielding a 3-3 draw and another deserved comeback after several mistakes.
It was after the Scunthorpe draw that Malpas sealed his fate with a 1-0 defeat at Histon in the FA Cup, then a few days later Town went down to a 2-0 defeat away at Brighton in the JP Trophy. Malpas was relieved of his duties on the 14th November and we all breathed a sigh of relief.
It became clear towards the end of last season what Fitton expects in order to achieve his original 5 year plan for Championship football; at least a play-off finish, 3rd Round of the FA Cup and making every effort to reach the final of the JP Trophy. This expectation equally applies today as it was for Malpas back in 2008/2009.
Depending on other results, a defeat against Charlton Athletic tomorrow night could see Town 8 points off 6th place and plunge into the relegation zone to as low as 22nd.
So with Town evidently moving into the key month so far this season, Danny Wilson must look to history and hope he can turn his team around and secure an essential victory in the League, followed by at least one progression in the cups, either at Plymouth away on Saturday in the FA Cup or Brentford at home on the 9th November in the JP Trophy.
If worst came to the worst, would you support Andrew Fitton being consistent with his decision 2 years ago and sack Danny Wilson?