It’s Friday, so it must be time for the latest weekly review by BBC Devon’s Vic Morgan
Back to form then. After the Town’s recent blip it was comfortable enough against a Notts County side who offered little threat – except in the early minutes, when Wes Foderingham pulled off a double save that was crucial in settling early nerves. With the memory of the home defeat by Gillingham fresh in supporters’ minds, a goal against in the opening stages would’ve tested everyone’s resolve. It was not to be though and a welcome victory was achieved through some decent performances. Much discussion before the game about playing only one striker at home. It was up to Andy Williams to plough the proverbial lone furrow. He was rewarded with a penalty which thank goodness was converted. Scoring from twelve yards has proved a little troublesome this season but this one was put away comfortably. The award of the spot kick was a little fortunate to say the least. The move as allowed Jonathan Swift the freedom to roam and that paid dividends with his goal and display. Credit also to Harry Toffolo with his first goal.
For the second time this term we were entertained by County goalkeeper Roy Carroll’s antics. If you went to Meadow Lane before Christmas you’ll be aware that he was somewhat grumpy throughout the game. Same here. Maybe he had good reason over the penalty decision. It was one of many made by a referee who decided to entertain us with some of his actions. The sending off of the Notts player in the second half was hilarious. If at first you don’t get dismissed try and try again and there you go. So still in touch with the automatic place. I say place because it’s fair to say that those from Ashton Gate pretty much have the title wrapped up. You may remember that painful day a few years ago when relegation was confirmed there. Maybe in April something more pleasant may be in the offing. That’s a long way off though. One other thing about last weekend: the Magpies’ away kit. Difficult to know where pitch ended and player began. Nott one of County’s best. I know I’ve put two t’s there.
So to Port Vale. A team in some form and another test at the cavernous Vale Park. The so-called Wembley of the North provides plenty of space for Swindon’s passing game. Hopefully a big following and three more points. Given a choice most fans would prefer to go up automatically rather than endure the play offs. It’s still within our reach.
It’s unlikely that we’ll see Louis Thompson in a Town shirt again this season. It may be that his shoulder injury prevents him playing for us before the end of the campaign. We should all wish him well for his future at Norwich. A midfielder who’s set for great things and very welcome back to the County Ground anytime. Keep it loud keep it proud keep it SWINDON!