Vic Morgan Blog: Home Comforts…
It’s Friday, so it must be time for the latest blog by BBC Devon’s Vic Morgan.
Strange old game wasn’t it..?
For a brief spell it looked as though we might be in for one of the matches of the season. It was certainly a performance which deserved three points. Yes, I’m talking about last Saturday’s home fixture against high flying Doncaster Rovers.
Swindon showed that they’re more than capable of living with the best in League One. The main problem is finding that missing ingredient at the County Ground. It was a match that saw apparent clingfilm stretched across the Donny goal and again a keeper in inspired form.
A Rovers fan who also made the trip from Devon at the weekend was fulsome in his praise for the Town and admitted his side were rather fortunate to take a draw. That’s great of course but all we see as Swindon supporters is two more points dropped at our own ground.
So what appears to be the problem? Is it a lack of confidence? A lack of ability? Or just plain old bad luck?
On the evidence of last Saturday the team can more than hold its own against the best. The ability is there so maybe its the confidence. Chances came and chances went. I’m sure if the answer was easy the manager would have been able to cut out these home stutters. The previous match at SN1 saw a rather tame display against Brentford so at least the Rovers game saw more reasons for optimism.
What nobody wants is the team finding it difficult to perform in front of their own supporters particularly as it was pretty much a nailed on three points in every home game last season. The good thing is there’s still half a season to go plenty of time to get it right.
Great to see Alan Connell put away the penalty that effectively knocked Arsenal out of the League Cup this week. It’s always good when an ex-Town player does well.
There’s the ongoing debate of course as to how well Alan would have performed for Swindon this season in League One. That’s something we’ll never know now that he’s moved on. So all we can do is wish him well and thank him for his part in our championship season. I don’t think many of us will ever forget his goal against Wigan which set us on the way to that memorable FA Cup win in January.
So good luck in the semi’s Alan and in the FA Cup, JPT and league. Quite a season he and Stephen Darby are having at Valley Parade. A ground which saw our final match of last season and that incredibly emotional minutes silence in memory of the Bradford fire disaster victims.
So to Oldham on Saturday.
A long trip a cold ground and traditionally a difficult place for the Town to go. After our recent run a good result would be a boost for everyone. Things are still very tight in the league and Swindon are very much in touching distance. So maybe being away from home could relax everyone and we can get that much needed victory.
As we approach the busy Christmas schedule points won or lost over the next three weeks always give you a great indication where you might finish in May. Remember how you felt after the Northampton game at the turn of the year. You just knew something special was happening.
Keep it loud keep it proud keep it SWINDON