Vic Morgan Blog: Paolo’s First 10

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

And so we’ve passed the 10 game mark of the League Two campaign.

Just how did that happen..?

It only seems a minute or so ago, that we were at Prenton Park looking forward to the summer.

Well that summer returned this week in terms of the weather, but of course the footy season is well and truly underway.

We reached the 10 games with a fine 4-0 win over Barnet on Saturday. Apart from the opening ten minutes, it was a game that Swindon dominated. Matt Ritchie proved why he should be one of League Two’s top players this season, and everything seemed rosy in the County Ground garden.

Phil Smith was back in goal, and I was delighted that things went so well for him. He looked assured between the sticks, and deservedly got a clean sheet.

I think it’s worth saying that, apart from those first ten minutes, Barnet were woeful. If you’re being super critical, Swindon should have had more. However we’ll gladly take the four goals, three points and clean sheet. Tenth in the League after ten games, five wins, five losses and no draws….there’s a joke there somewhere.

So what do we read into the opening games of the campaign..?

Well I believe after ten games, you’re where you deserve to be.

A great opening day win against Crewe, was followed by a depressing run. That saw us one place off the bottom of the table, and looking a little like we hadn’t quite turned up to the party yet. A low point of that first few games was the defeat by Oxford, the high point a terrific League Cup win at Ashton Gate.

Ironically, I would say it was League Cup defeat by Southampton, that turned things round.

A 3-1 home loss to the Saints, was overshadowed by the Leon Clarke affair. An on pitch row and sulk, over allegedly being asked to do some more training, saw Clarke depart and team spirit seemingly rocket.

A run of four wins out of five since then, leaves Swindon in that tenth spot.

So is that good..?

Well we all want to see the Town top of the table. But I think at this stage of the campaign, the team is ideally placed for a tilt at the top places over the weeks to come. I think everybody agrees that it was never just a case of running away with the league, especially with a virtually brand new squad. It’s interesting that three players who were at the club before Paolo Di Canio arrived, are the only ever presents this season. Callum Kennedy, Paul Caddis, and Matt Ritchie, have given the new boss what he wants, in terms of consistency. They’ve formed the basis of the team, and have helped bring the new boys along.

That statistic regarding draws is bound to change, and would prove that the team can get results when they’re not playing too well especially away from home. I would think any Town fan would take a point against Macclesfield before the game. Swindon’s only previous visit there ended in a defeat, so something at Moss Rose would be good.

I can’t get to Macclesfield on Friday…Why are we playing on a Friday…? So I’ll be following the scoreline on the wires, and Twitter. Any updates @swindonred would be much appreciated if you are going.

On Tuesday it’s a short trip for me to St.James Park for the JPT game. I’ll be cheering from the seats, before returning to the BBC Radio Devon studio to broadcast the Late Show in the South West. I hope I can talk about a Town win.

Keep it loud, Keep it proud, Keep it SWINDON.


More analysis of Di Canio’s first 10 League games in charge:

Paolo’s First 10: Sub-Frenzy Does the Business – VIEW

Paolo’s First 10: Falling to Pieces at Ste-Pieces – VIEW

Paolo’s First 10: We’re Going to Score in 53 Minutes – VIEW

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