And the award goes to…

It’s Friday, so it must be time for the latest blog by BBC Devon’s Vic Morgan.

In a week when you can’t move for the awards being handed out, there weren’t many prizes on offer at the County Ground. A goalless draw against Colchester United was followed by that annoying penalty shoot out in the JPT.

The moving of the Colchester game to Friday meant I missed out on that one. I was busy presenting a storm special in Devon. Boy what a storm. By all accounts it had a major impact on the game. In this extraordinary winter we’ve seen several matches affected by very strong winds. Anyone who’s played football at any level knows how difficult it is when it’s a windy day. The chances are when it’s stormy you’re not going to witness a classic. That certainly appears to be the case against the U’s.

So to Monday and a jiggling of shifts at work because of illness saw me presenting the lunchtime programme which meant a chance to witness that second leg against Peterborough United. I suppose I could’ve stayed at home and not travelled to Wiltshire for the match. Well that wasn’t really an option. Watching on television is okay if there’s no alternative, but to be honest there is nothing like being there.

So along with the rest of the 6,800 crowd, which I felt was disappointing for a cup semi-final, I nervously took my seat as the night unfolded. I thought we played well enough first-half to deserve the lead which was delivered by Alex Pritchard’s crisp finish. I still quite can’t believe we were denied a second when we should have been awarded a penalty. Still at half time I felt we were comfortable and looking likely to get to Wembley.

As we know things didn’t quite turn out like that. It appeared that we sat too deep whether by accident or design and allowed Posh to attack us with inevitable consequences. As soon as the equaliser went in you knew it would go to penalties and we had to take whatever that threw at us.

It was just like watching England, to paraphrase a well know terrace song. I’m not going to criticise individuals for missing spot kicks. They suffer enough when their failure to convert means a cup exit. It can’t be easy to live with so let’s not snipe eh?

A miserable ending then made worse by that bleep bleep drum. I swear one day I will take drastic action. Whoever allows the blessed things into the ground should stop it immediately. I’ve suffered through many drum solos at concerts in the past. Please ban them from football grounds. Any politician who promises that will go up in my estimation. Ban them simple as that.

League points are back on the table at high flying Orient on Saturday. Let’s hope there’s no hangover.

Keep it loud keep it proud keep it SWINDON.


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