2010 STFC Review: August
Despite the despair of play-off defeat the mood around STFC for the season was high. I even put £30 on Town to finish in the top 3…
In came Michael Rose, David Prutton, David Ball (on loan), Simon Ferry, Paul Caddis then Thomas Dossevi. On paper I certainly was led to believe Town were asserting a strong claim to mount a serious challenge.
The promise was of course tarnished when Greer walked to join Brighton, but I expected reinforcements would arrive to fill the gap…
How wrong could I be as August progressed.
Greer returned with his more organised and disciplined Brighton side, albeit not making it onto the pitch as he was still suspended, and took away a 2-1 victory. Town lacked any rhythm and creativity following a switch in tactics by Wilson as the new side failed to settle.
Worse was to follow midweek as Town were dumped out of the League Cup by Leyton Orient in another disappointing encounter.
Some pride was restored a few days later as Town came back from 2-0 down to secure a 2-2 draw at Hartlepool, however doubts remained as to the organisation of the defence and the whether Wilson and Fitton had truly appreciated the impact on the team of losing Greer.
Against Brentford a week later Town remained winless with a 2-2 draw, a similar start to the season before but somehow lacking a clear sign the team would get organised and push up the table.
MK Dons were next up, a 2-1 defeat ensured a miserable August start in the league.
Then on the 31st August the moment we’ve been waiting for… well actually two moments; Town beat Southampton 3-0 to knock the holders out of the JP Trophy and Vincent Pericard finally broke his duck and scored a goal… 2 goals for Swindon Town.
Perhaps the Southampton victory would kick start out season?