STFC staying at the top…
It’s Friday, so it must be time for the latest weekly review by BBC Devon’s Vic Morgan.
So we’re faced with another blank weekend. Because of Bradford City’s FA Cup involvement we sit out while other League One games take place. The great thing is though that whatever happens Swindon Town will stay top of the league. It’s quite nice isn’t it?
That position has been reached by an incredibly consistent run of results culminating in the victory over Chesterfield last Saturday. A comfortable enough win against a side that came to play. The Spireites didn’t sit back and defend, they were happy to play football and it made for an entertaining game.
One question becomes clear at the moment. Just how good is this Swindon team? Where do they rank in the pantheon of the County Ground?
Well the answer is pretty highly. In the history of the club only a handful of teams have won promotion. Even fewer have gone up as league leaders. So if that’s achieved then we have to say this is one of the best Town sides we’ve ever watched.
Over the top? Difficult to say. What’s easy to say is that some of the football we see is on a par with the Ardiles and Hoddle teams. At times it’s breathtaking. Yes it can also be a little pedestrian, but it’s thoughtful and precise. The defending too has improved immeasurably recently.
I was heartened to see that manager Mark Cooper wasn’t too happy with the second half performance against Chesterfield. No complacency there then. Those remarks were also refreshing in the wake of the comments from his opposite number who was fulsome in his praise of our team.
It’s a bit daft to talk of titles this early though. Those old enough will remember a Swindon side who carried all before them reaching the League Cup semi final and being talked of as one of the great division three teams. Sadly the potential wasn’t realised and the season petered out. This team has no distractions though. Defeat in the cups may be disappointing but it means to use the old saying “concentration on the league”.
A relaxing weekend awaits then. Next weekend though, a long trip to a team that’s creating a cup history of their own. Sheffield United are regularly proving that league one teams can compete with some of the best.
Put your feet up and watch the results come in, we stay top of the league.
Keep it loud keep it proud keep it SWINDON!