Vic Morgan Blog: Cherry Picking (Perhaps)…
It’s Friday, so it must be time for the latest blog by BBC Devon’s Vic Morgan.
So on a scale of one to ten, how excited are you about Saturday’s game with Bournemouth?
I know its kind of off the scale isn’t it. It’ll also prove one of the pivotal moments of the season. Since Eddie Howe’s return to the south coast the Cherries have improved immeasurably from our 4-0 win at the County Ground.
But to be honest we have a side right now that needs to fear no team in or division. The last four games have been a display of ruthless winning attacking football. You get the feeling that the players are desperate to get out and play, scoring more goals on the way to another memorable Spring.
How’s this come about then? Well it appears that the team is beautifully balanced right now. As hoped for in last weeks blog, we’ve now signed Darren Ward. The central defensive partnership with Joe Devera is the bedrock in front of Wes Foderingham that has a “thou shalt not pass” mentality.
It was ironic that the England U-21 goalkeeping coach was at the Carlisle game. Wes hardly got a touch through no fault of his own. Still thought the kit looked good.
We’ve two full backs with license to get forward to support the wingers but also do the dirty defensive work. Two central midfielders who complement each other superbly and two strikers scoring goals. Just the perfect combination. There’s also very good cover in most positions.
So all good then..? Well at the moment yes. To come away from a game slightly disappointed that we only won four-nil says it all. Swindon were all over Carlisle like a rash. We saw moments to remember for a long time. The finish by Andy Williams for the first was sublime and the passing move for his second was wonderful to watch.
Nathan Thompson gave a tremendous display of an all round full back topped off with that storming second half run which deserved a goal.
The after match comments of our manager that he would pay to keep the current loan players at the club sums up the mood of the place. PDC is obviously very happy with his squad at the moment and wants to keep it together. Along with the signing of the excellent Ward we now have Danny Hollands and Chris Martin for a while longer.
Presumably if more of our fringe players leave then money would be available to keep Hollands and Martin until the end of the season. At the time of writing, knowing Swindon anything can happen, it’s been one of the most positive weeks I can remember.
Elsewhere its been a real tonic seeing the success of Bradford City and Swansea in the League Cup. A, lets face it, Fourth Division side in with a chance of a major cup final. Allied to that the Swans who play a lovely brand of attacking football showing the billionaires of Chelsea a thing or two.
It might all still unravel of course but who would have predicted a Bantams versus Swans final? Terrific stuff. Good luck to them in their respective second legs.
Nearly time for my journey along the coast road through Devon and Dorset for Saturday’s tantalising treat. Its never a dash along the Jurassic Coast. The odd tractor or two normally causes delay around Chiddeok. It’ll be worth it though for one of the games of the season.
Keep it loud Keep it proud Keep it SWINDON