It’s Friday, so it must be time for the latest blog by BBC Devon’s Vic Morgan.
Good point wasn’t it? Despite being down to ten men Swindon produced a rear guard action to deny Bristol City bragging rights. It was great to see a Town side looking so solid in defence. The new partnership of Troy Archibald-Henville and Jack Stephens looked as though it could really work long term and the side was led superbly by Nathan Thompson and dug deep after the sending off of Alex Pritchard.
It was, as I’m sure the on loan winger is aware, as a result of a hot headed moment. Something Pritchard will have to work on as his career progresses. It wasn’t a great game but it was always absorbing and somewhat nail biting as the minutes dragged by.
Yes it meant the Town slipped further away from the top clubs and closer to mid table, but it was a rare treat to see such defensive qualities. So what does this mean for the rest of the season? Well the are still a handful of points required for complete safety and the sooner that’s achieved then maybe we’ll be able to feel better about things.
As I’ve written before, a mid table finish was always a decent campaign. Bearing in mind the new financial era and the previous unrealistic world in which we lived, we’re now having to face the fact that League One is about right until some serious financial clout allows it to be different. After all it’s the owner that has to fork out to make ends meet and if the well isn’t bottomless, then we have to face up to life as it is. So we are where we are and as long as we stay there that’s fine.
Difficult games ahead of course. Starting this Saturday with promotion chasing Preston. The last two away trips to that team haven’t brought much in the way of reward and so maybe we owe them one. One things for sure, the same determination we saw at Ashton Gate wouldn’t go amiss.
As for the speculation about the manager’s position? I don’t think there is any. The owner seems happy with the way things are and it’s been a half decent season. The football has at times been, frankly tedious, but within the confines I’ve just mentioned, we’ve done ok. Once we’re safe then maybe we can start thinking ahead. The model next year will be the same although with perhaps less money around. Yes we can moan, but unless we are able as fans to provide the cash to bring in players like we experienced under the Black/DiCanio regime, then we can only support and hope.
Whatever alway keep it loud keep it proud keep it SWINDON.