BBC Devon’s Vic Morgan writes his latest blog for TheWashbag.com…
It wasn’t anything to write home about, the first half at Gresty Road. In fact if you were informing those at your residence about the game, you’d probably say bet they’re glad their not here. It was all a bit tedious and, quite frankly, a bit of a non event. At least there was the customary visit to the local chippy. There are various daft little highlights in a season and that’s one of them. A great preparation for the ninety minutes to come.
The Gresty Road Chippy. Well worth a visit!
Thankfully the second half improved greatly. Swindon had a great opportunity when Nicky Ajose missed the target when the goalkeeper was way out of his territory. Not to worry. The returning Town favourite would make amends later against another of his former clubs.
Mind you it was Ajose who surrendered possession to allow Crewe to score the opener. A fine strike it was too in a game which had more than it’s fair share. Enter young Tom Smith and what an entrance. A great first touch and an unstoppable drive into the net for his first Swindon goal. An absolute cracker!
From then on a game which had been rather dull became rather exciting. Loanee Wes Thomas became an increasing force in the Town attack and the Swindon defence stood up brilliantly. Young James Brophy began to look a player and thoughts of those departed during the summer began to fade.
The great thing about that last twenty minutes was that we had a massive attacking threat. Thomas and Ajose scored excellent strikers goals and thoughts of another successful season were back in our minds as we made our way back to the supporters coach.
You see, there appears to be bags of potential in this squad. Players are yet to come back after injury and all of a sudden there’s strength in depth.
A word about a certain Mr. Rooney. Of course there’s a debate about where he sits in the pantheon of England greats, but for the moment he should be allowed to enjoy his moment of history.
In my opinion it’s a bit of an indictment of the England team that Sir Bobby Charlton’s record has stood for so long. Nearly half a century for someone to reach a half century of goals and eclipse the mark layed down by the great Sir Bob. Mind you here’s a thought, the Queens reign has overlapped both. That’s pretty amazing too! So well done Wayne, I’m sure you haven’t finished yet.
Off to Barnsley Saturday. Apart from the dreaded alarm clock after a late night finish at work, it’s another away trip to relish. It’s always a decent place to go Oakwell. It reminds me a little of the County Ground. It’ll be even more decent if we pick up another win on the road.
Keep it loud keep it proud keep it SWINDON!