Vic Morgan Blog: Sent to Coventry…
It’s Friday, so it must be time for the latest blog by BBC Devon’s Vic Morgan.
Being sent to Coventry is not normally a pleasurable experience. Nobody talks to you and you feel somewhat alone. Not sure how the expression came about but usually its a bit of a downer.
Well those who went to that Midlands city last Saturday found it difficult to talk for another reason. Being left speechless by the last few minutes at the Ricoh. We should have known something crazy would happen, this is Swindon Town after all.
The Town could have been a goal up after twenty seconds but James Collins couldn’t quite convert the chance. That led to the hosts taking the lead moments later after a mistake by Nathan Thompson. I mention the mistake because Nathan responded superbly and was back to his best by the second half. Town dominated but couldn’t find the net to get on level terms.
In the second half the pivotal moment. Wes Foderingham’s wonder save from Leon Clarke’s header. Somehow managing to divert the ball from finding the back of the net. At two-nil you fancied it would have been the Sky Blues day. But with Foderingham about you know he’s always there to make the crucial stop even when he’s had precious little to do.
That led to the incredible ending to the game. Andy Williams levelled and Darren Ward, free of managerial responsibilities, headed the winner in true Shaun Taylor fashion. You know, the run in from the edge of the box to power home. Great goal, great finish, great feeling among the 3,000 Town fans.
Of course it was a great start too for the new Swindon managerial partnership of Kevin MacDonald and Mark Cooper. For Kevin it must have been extra special being against one of his former clubs. Coincidentally, of course, he meets another one this weekend in Walsall.
Somehow you felt a massive sense of relief that the drama was confined to the football pitch after a fortnight of off the field histrionics.
Its been a week when things seem to have calmed down and life has returned to something like normality. Even for Swindon Town the last month has been a bit bonkers. New owners, new manager, new start. The great thing is we can now worry about the weekend rather than what might happen when the Town aren’t playing. Must be refreshing to everyone.
One deserved nomination this week. The County Ground being nominated for Pitch of the Year. You only have to watch the Football League Show and Match of the Day, to see what a great job Town groundsman Marcus Cassidy and his staff do. Despite the ravages of winter the Swindon playing surface always looks wonderful. Clubs from higher divisions must look on in envy. Many congratulations Marcus.
So it is the Saddlers on Saturday. A team in great form and they’ll come wanting to prove their credentials. It’s going to be a real test and with the possibility of going back to the top of League One it should be another bumper crowd. That’s what we need right now in the vital run in to the end of the season. It was brilliant being in Coventry, hope its brilliant Saturday afternoon.
One departure to mention this week. Nick Watkins has departed after five years as Chief Executive. By common consent he seems to have done a fine job. I’m sure all Town fans will wish him well.
Keep it loud keep it proud keep it SWINDON.
I was back at the Ricoh on Tuesday to meet up with the Community managers there; people I met were unanimous on two things – Town are the best team to visit this season (I said, you should have seen the Bury game!!!) and their pitch is really, really s…t!!!