It’s Friday, so it must be time for the latest blog by BBC Devon’s Vic Morgan.
Two wins out of two and the play offs remain an outside possibility with just two Saturdays of the season to go. The first victory came bizarrely at Northampton against Coventry City. I found it difficult though out Friday’s game to remember we were playing the Sky Blues and not the Cobblers. An early goal gave us the lead we warranted, even though the match wasn’t the most exciting. A strike from nothing brought Cov level and it looked as though it may peter out into a draw.
Then a moment that Michael Smith will relish. A last minute winner at the Sixfields which brought on celebrations like the League Two win against Northampton a couple of years ago. This time it was a rampaging run by Wes Foderingham and not the manager that caught the eye. A great win and a happy journey back to Devon for a rare Saturday off and a chance to look forward to the home game against Bradford City. It seemed odd for the next couple of days. With football on Friday, it makes the following day seem like Sunday etc. So kind of weird.
Onto Monday then and the visit of the Bantams. A win was essential. Anything but and the last two matches would have been dead rubbers. It looked as though it was going to end that way until a rare goal decided the points. It was rare because it was from Lee Cox. A midfielder, who’s been an almost forgotten figure. His strike from the edge of the penalty area though, was a beauty. It came against an unambitious Bradford team who seemed very happy to take a point. There was a nice moment when Rafa DeVita was given a standing ovation. It was a time that the Town fans could show their appreciation to a player who always gave his best in a Swindon shirt. It’s rare when a visiting player gets such a reception so it’s hopefully it’s something he’ll remember for a while.
Where does that leave us? Well it means the season is still alive. Peterborough United though must have the upper hand. Four points in front, with two to play. Still, nothing is certain in football and a win this weekend for the Town and a loss for Posh, would mean for a tense last weekend.
The game at Meadow Lane won’t be easy will it? County always make it difficult for the Wiltshire team. Another former Town man in the shape of Alan Sheehan is always capable of providing the killer cross. One thing that’s massively in Swindon’s favour, is the current defensive stability. Since his return, Troy Archibald-Henville has been excellent. Jack Stephens has been terrific and would be a great asset next season. Ralph Branco was very solid on Monday and deserved his Man of the Match award. Whatever happens it’s been a season full of promise. Not many people would have put us in this position at this stage of the campaign. Will it have a happy ending? That remains to be seen. Of course there are always off the field things happening at STFC. We’ll leave that for another day, I still don’t understand them. For now it’s off to the East Midlands.
Keep it loud keep it proud keep it SWINDON.