Swindon v Carlisle: Another game another loss
After the recent lengthy winless run of games, a victory over Carlisle was a must.
Our away form, with the exception of Charlton, has been dire to say the least, so continuing to lose points at home only reinforces the likelihood Town will start in League Two next season.
The early Town goal has been integral to any chance of success this season, as mentioned earlier this week. A lively Town in the opening exchanges saw chances for Cuthbert, Obika and Dossevi go close, but lacked the neceassry clinical finish.
For whatever reason we can’t recover after going behind, so the impact of James Berrett’s stunning 29th minute long range strike was always going to be a hard task to recover from. The goal was an individual moment of brilliance, a true sucker punch and there was nothing Lucas could do.
After Carlisle took the lead there was still an hour left for Town to recover something from the game.
Now we needed to take at least a point from the game, when just a few moments before nothing less than 3 points would do.
The goal really did have the effect the statistics have shown. Town looked worried and hurried as they sought to draw level.
Despite a good amount of possession and numerous balls launched into the box throughout the second half, Town couldn’t get enough shots on target to test Collin in-between the Carlisle posts.
When our best moment to equalise fell late on to Obika, he had the option to pass to Ferry but choose to shoot, but Collin was again up to the challenge. Should he have passed? In hindsight yes, however strikers normally don’t pass an opportunity to shoot.
In the end a 4th consecutive loss at home, 10 games without a win and only 6 points taken out of 36 available in 2011 isn’t good enough.
It was all meant to change following the opportunity that was the January transfer window. That was when Wilson had the chance to put things right… so 4 defeats and 1 draw in February shows no signs of improvement and if anything we’re getting worse as the weeks go by.
Speaking post match Wilson commented:
“We can’t afford to be thinking the same thing people may be thinking, we’re just not getting that break at this moment in time. There are some winnable games coming up that we have to get maximum points from and we have to remain focused.
I’m very, very positive that we will get out of this situation. I have no doubts in my mind that these players will do it for us.”
Well…you don’t really have a choice. These players will have to “do it for us”, however with just 15 games remaining are you the right manager in charge to ensure we avoid the drop? The case for replacing Wilson is getting louder and louder.
Next week we travel to St Mary’s. We’ve had a good recent record over Southampton and there’s every chance this run could continue. Then early March sees the real test with Walsall at home, an away trip to Plymouth and Dagenham at the County Ground, three crucial games are against our competitors in the fight to avoid relegation. I’m inclined to give Wilson until the Dagenham & Redbridge game to make our season, or will that be too late?