It’s Friday, so it must be time for the latest blog by BBC Devon’s Vic Morgan.
Let’s be honest it was a bit of a battle, but what a battle. Swindon’s performance at Valley Parade was exceptional. Despite some, quite frankly, awful refereeing and conceding an early goal, the Town came away with three excellent points.
My reaction at the award of a penalty against Wes Foderingham at the time was of disbelief. Having seen it many times since, I remain convinced Wes won the challenge with a fair tackle. Justice was done with a superb Foderingham save. Wes went on to win man of the match in my eyes with several crucial stops and he’s on his way to becoming one of Swindon’s best ever.
Tuesday was his 150th league appearance for the Robins, let’s hope there’s many more. The early goal was unfortunate. Louis Thompson had to make a challenge in the box, sadly he diverted a cross into his own net. No blame there just bad luck.
As for Jon Obika? Well two goals on your full debut for the club is a major statement of intent. Having spent an unhappy spell on loan at Swindon a few years back, he’s obviously relishing a second chance. Jon looked keen, fit and ready to play. That’s all you can ask for and he was quite literally Johnny on the spot for his goals.
So a happy trip home to Devon and the thought of many more journeys north this season. Mind you if they’re all like that, I won’t be complaining. Fantastic game and day out. It was kind of like football ought to be.
Work prevented me attending the Oldham game, so I can’t really offer an opinion on that. Suffice it to say, four points from two games is a decent return and sets us up nicely for the visit of Sheffield United at the weekend.
A worry for the Town hierarchy must be the size of the crowds at the County Ground. I know Oldham on a Tuesday evening isn’t a great draw, and with another home game on Saturday, many may have been saving their pennies for that one.
Is it the prices of the tickets and ancillary expenses that’s keeping people way? Is it that, despite a fine young team, fans aren’t yet convinced of the chances of success? Or is it still early season malaise and people are waiting to see how their faring further on down the track? Certainly food for thought. I’m sure the club is looking at ways to boost attendances. Certainly cost is one factor they have to look at.
So to the Blades. Looking forward to it. Should be a cracker.
Keep it loud keep it proud keep it SWINDON.