Vic’s in a Winter Wonderland at Walsall…
It’s the day after Friday, so it must be time for the latest weekly review by BBC Devon’s Vic Morgan.
Crazy these Christmas fixtures aren’t they? From the ridiculous to the sublime…
Last Saturday a dismal, dreary defeat by Doncaster. Boxing Day brought bonkers weather and a brilliant win at Walsall.
Not much to say about the Donny game except that we could have played till New Year and not scored in that game. There were chances to have rescued something from a game decided by two questionable penalties, but in truth I think most Town fans accepted our fate against a well organised Doncaster as just one of those days. Frustration upon frustration in that second half led to a dark and dreary drive home.
Contrast that to Friday, Boxing Day to you and me.
Michael Smith who missed that spot kick last weekend, converted an early chance at the Bescott and was to play a pivotal role throughout the game. It’s true to say that Michael looked back to his best after his recent injury and was a constant threat to the home defence.
It’s fair to say neither side covered themselves in defensive glory in the first half and Swindon paid the price with a poorly conceded equaliser. Still second half, snow and an avalanche of Town goals. Massimo Luongo and Andy Williams supplied some sublime finishes.
As the blizzard became more intense so did Swindon’s control. There were a couple of fine saves from Wes Foderingham to deny the Saddlers. Really though, Town fans were able to literally chill as their side ran out comfortable winners.
Walsall did provide a real “sweeper” in the form of the groundsman who cleared the lines when the opportunity arose to bring a humorous pantomime feel. This time then, a happier drive back to Devon and a chance to thaw out. Although as I write, my feet still resemble two blocks of ice.
A chance now to relax before Sunday’s home game with Port Vale. A chance to lay the ghost of Doncaster past.
Keep it loud keep it proud keep it SWINDON.