2010 STFC Review: March
March couldn’t have got off to a worse start.
After 13 league games unbeaten, Bristol Rovers did the double over Town with a emphatic 4-0 victory at The County Ground, to add to their 3-0 victory back in December.
What a win it was for the rampant Rovers. 3-0 up at half time and very clinical in the counter attack. This was a Town defeat that demonstrated Wilson couldn’t learn from his earlier mistakes and when we lost, we knew how to lose in style.
Another defeat followed with a 2-1 reverse at MK Dons, our first successive defeats since October.
Town were only going through a dip in form, a dip that every other promotion challenger had experienced. What is important is how the team responds…
Respond they did with 3 victories and 1 draw. This wasn’t the free-scoring Town of January and February, as those results were secured by a single goal.
Of these 4 games, two stand out.
The win away at Southampton, won by a superb Charlie Austin effort proved Town were back and real contenders for a shot at promotion with a gap opening to 7th place Huddersfield.
The following Saturday league leaders Norwich City came to Swindon expecting to increase their 7 point lead at the top. Town, so often the victim of a late goal, turned the tables with a late goal of our own to seal a more than deserved draw. As Gordon Greer got free of his marker and towered above to head into the net in the 92nd minute the County Ground went berserk. Definitely one of my moments of the year and this is one of my favourite images summing up the relief all round. Fantastic!
Gordon Greer is so sorely missed and never replaced.
As the month finished Town could now look towards pushing for an automatic place, having caught Leeds United and overtaken Charlton in the race for 2nd.