You’ve Got To Hand It To Them

Back for another season of weekly Friday blogs on TheWashbag.com, we welcome back BBC Devon’s Vic Morgan for his latest blog of the 2015/16 campaign…

My season is a bit like Swindon Town’s, it hasn’t really got started yet. Because of work commitments I’ve been restricted to just a couple of games so far. That’s set to change from now on and I’m looking forward to a trip to Southend on Saturday. More on that later.

The fightback at Bury showed real fortitude. At two goals down it looked all over. Somehow a point is rescued and Town fans feel it’s more like a win than a draw.

It appears that Anton Rodgers may be quite important to the Town this term. Not only did his appearance seem to change the game but he scores a fine free kick in front of his watching dad, Brendan.

It’s always nice to look good in front of your father, especially, I guess, if he’s manager of Liverpool. I’m sure though that the Anfield boss was there not only to watch his son but to keep an eye on the players we’ve got on loan from the ‘Pool. I’m sure then he would have been impressed with what he saw in the second half. If he could arrange for Steven Gerrard to spend some time with us in the MLS close season, we’d be grateful.

So a point at Gigg Lane then and on to Tuesday and Port Vale at home.

Again Rodgers was on target, as was Fabien Robert. The same two players who’d scored in Lancashire. It looked like the three points were in the bag until a bizarre last few seconds.

Having not been at the game it’s difficult to comment. Having seen the footage, or is it the handage, it looks a clear penalty when Jordan Williams punched the ball away, however, Swindon had a player down who requiring treatment.

So a dilemma for the referee, or is it? Is it a case of bad decision or the old adage of play to the whistle. It’s a lesson I’m sure Williams will now learn and take forward in his career. The decision though cost Swindon two points and brought controversy to the County Ground once again. How crucial will those last few moments be? We’ll only know at the end of the season.

Off to Sarfend then at the weekend. The home of the Shrimpers and one of the finest chip shops in the league. There’s also a curious cafe type arrangement in the away end. It’s rather nice and homely. It’s been a place of mixed fortunes over the years for the Town let’s hope it’s good fortune on Saturday.

Keep it loud keep it proud keep it SWINDON!

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