Vic Morgan Blog: Gone for a Burton

BBC Radio Swindon commentator Vic Morgan continues his new weekly blog only here on The Washbag.


Burton Albion.

Not too much else to recommend that afternoon, I’m afraid.

It was a new ground for Swindon fans, another one to tick off the list. Around a thousand made the journey to the Pirrelli Stadium, in confident mood after three straight wins. Great start to the game, Swindon dominating the first twenty minutes. It looked just a matter of time before the Town went in front, and we could prepare for another three points.

Then the old sucker punch. Billy Kee, an alleged transfer target back in January for Danny Wilson, chested the home side in front. His first goal for Albion since joining the club on loan from Torquay, by the way hello Billy Bodin.

Still, at half time, you could feel pretty confident of a Swindon comeback. However, nobody could have foreseen the events early in the second half. For Mattia Lanzano, it was a moment that he’ll want to forget and quickly.

Gifting the home side a second goal, it pretty much killed the game off. Nobody wants to see that happen to a goalkeeper, but the fact remains if it had happened to Phil Smith, the reaction would have been savage.

I’m not going to reopen the Phil Smith debate here. Suffice it to say, he’s suffered from sections of the Town support every time he makes a mistake. I hope we don’t see a repeat with the young Italian.

These guys need your support, not your ridicule. Remember, we’re all in this together.

As for the chippy..?

Well it was just before returning to the M42, and was called the Seagull. Although if I’m honest, the sign looked more like a Cormorant. See, living near an estuary I know these things……ahem.


Owen Hargreaves score in the week. I think England have been much poorer without him in the team, and I hope he’s now over his injury problems.

Another positive was to see Steven Gerrard back in action. Again a player who’s had his share of injury concerns. Let’s hope he’s back to full fitness soon.


The Graz is back this Saturday with Barnet.

One of Swindon’s most popular strikers returns in his new role as assistant to Laurie Sanchez. Laurie, of course, also had a brief stint at the Town. We wish them well, except this Saturday.

Another three points would keep the Town in touch with the leading clubs, and hopefully over that setback at the Pirrelli.

We’ve had mixed fortunes against Barnet over the years, and I think many will remember that FA Cup defeat on penalties a few years back.

Graz had an eye for a goal, and that’s something Paolo Di Canio is looking for to add a bit of bite up front.

Ironically, the aforementioned Billy Bodin is banging them in for the Gulls. United manager Martin Ling is keen to keep Billy on a longer term, when the loan is up in January. We’ll await further developments.

Remember, Keep it Loud, Keep it Proud, Keep it SWINDON.


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