It’s Friday, so it must be time for the latest weekly review by BBC Devon’s Vic Morgan.
It was cold, very cold. Before the game I thought several layers would be required to keep out the winter chill. That was a prediction that turned out to be spot on. Unlike pre match thoughts about how easy Swindon were going to find the afternoon at Meadow Lane. Or, as older readers may remember “Cold Blow Lane”, the old Millwall address being perhaps more appropriate for the trip to the East Midlands.
Even though there was the odd scare, Swindon completely ran the game. Almost total domination including some of the best football you could want your team to play. Not perhaps, since the days of Ardiles, has the Town’s play sparkled like this. It’s almost total football. Each player able to pass the ball with skill and precision.
Ben Gladwin was the star of the show. You had to feel for the County full backs who were run ragged and literally didn’t know which way to turn. Ben is someone who appears to be able to play anywhere. Could he be another gem plucked from non league who goes on to have a career at higher level? Anyone who saw him last Saturday wouldn’t be at all surprised if he did. It was an astonishing display of wing play.
That, allied to fine performances all over the pitch, swept the Magpies aside. Notts are a side likely to figure in the play off race and yet they were not able to live with Mark Cooper’s team. What was refreshing was the reaction of the home fans on social media. It was full of praise for the way Swindon played. Nice to see in an age where sometimes abuse runs riot. They deserve great credit for that.
There’s been talk of Australian sponsorship after a quick trip to Oz by chairman Lee Power. Obviously Massimo Luongo’s presence in the Socceroo’s squad has heightened interest on the other side of the planet. Good to know, maybe Santa really is a Town fan.
The festive fixtures get underway this weekend with Doncaster’s visit to the County Ground. Points won or lost at this stage of the season are crucial. Hopefully, even though there are counter attractions, like shopping, this weekend there’ll be a decent crowd for the game. Swindon’s football at the moment deserves that.
Talking of festive, may I wish you and yours the best of times and a peaceful and happy Christmas.
Keep it loud keep it proud keep it SWINDON!