Stung by the Bees after Sky Blue thinking…
It’s Friday, so it must be time for the latest blog by BBC Devon’s Vic Morgan.
Hope your festivities were good whichever winter celebration you keep. For our football team there was the promise of Coventry being sent home pointless, before we were buzzed by the promotion chasing Bees of West London.
Saturday’s home game against the Sky Blues started in pedestrian fashion. It was predictable and it happened, the returning Leon Clarke scored much to the annoyance of the Town faithful. That annoyance was heightened by the Coventry striker showing his delight at scoring against the team he left in such a hurry. The referee obviously thought is was fine to run to the Arkell’s stand and rub it in. Well no yellow card but possibly later embarrassment for the ex Swindon man.
It appeared the game was drifting to a rather tame ending whenYaser Kasim and Miles Storey entered the fray. Kasim nearly blasted a hole in the Town End net with the equaliser while Storey showed his undoubted talent with a fine winner. So all good as Swindon fans headed for the exits and Christmas.
Post large dinner, silly hats and opening Santa’s deliveries, it was an early start for the early kick off and a rather cold Brentford. It was inevitable that memories of a somewhat warmer day in May came flooding back. Play Off disappointment meant an end to last season and thoughts of what might have been. Of course the game also meant a reunion with former Town men Jonathan Douglas and Alan McCormack.
It was Swindon who made the early breakthrough when Ryan Mason finished off an incisive move. Only for a comedy free kick after a comedy decision brought the equaliser. Sam Saunders prepared, fell over, larked about, took it again and scored. Then followed a comedy celebration. Not many Town fans were laughing. Nicky Ajose restored the Town’s lead before Brentford secured the points with two more goals.
An entertaining encounter but a disappointing result. Most Swindon supporters found the withdrawal of two strikers towards the end a little puzzling which left just the aforementioned Storey as the lone forward.
Again the away woes continue for the Robins and we now get ready for a long trip to Bradford on Sunday. It was a relief to get back to Devon and write this column in front of a warming fire. Weakness in defence appears to be a major problem this season. Great gaps were exploited by Brentford and that has to be addressed. Just a few days remain before the transfer window opens. Most are concerned about who may leave the County Ground rather than who may arrive.
Tell you what best have a glass of red wine and drift off in front of that warming fire. It’ll be cold Oop north at the weekend.
Keep it loud keep it proud keep it SWINDON.