From Seaside to Darkside…
BBC Devon’s Vic Morgan writes his latest blog for TheWashbag.com…
As weeks go for followers of Swindon Town, that was pretty awful.
The long and tiring miles to Blackpool were followed by the much shorter but more painful trip to the Kassam. Last weekend meant very little sleep for me. A late finish at work was followed by an early start for the visit to Bloomfield Road.
Most Town fans would have put this one down as an away banker at the start of the season. Certainly on one of my many dozes on the supporters coach I was dreaming of a win.
After a quick stroll to the sea front and a sit down chip lunch, obviously, it was time to settle down inside the impressive Blackpool ground. Many Swindon supporters with longer memories will remember how Bloomfield Road used to be. Traditional ground but rather ramshackle. Now, despite the internal problems that the Tangerines face, it’s a rather plush wrap round stadium.
Swindon started brightly and looked well up for it. It’s fair to say that in the first twenty minutes, pre match optimism was well based. Sadly an injury, yes another, to Fabian Robert changed all that and Swindon’s recent stutters returned.
Even the winning goal was unsatisfactory. You don’t mind being beaten by a thirty yard screamer or a wonderfully worked team goal. However this was one which didn’t even reach the net.
Thanks to our goalkeeper we kept the score down to one and that was that. Did we dominate? No. Were we unlucky? No. It was poor. Anyone who was there would agree with that assessment.
Surely then Tuesday would be different. A local derby. A chance to lay the ghost of Kassam. No wins no goals.
Again a bright start. The Town moved the ball around well and looked likely to do well. Then a moment of petulance changed it. Jordan Turnball’s decision to lash out off the ball cost us dear. Down to ten men and basically game over. For new Wembley read the Kassam. Again no goals and another defeat. An absolute sickener.
As I write this, there are moves to bring back Ben Gladwin. Ben was sitting in the County Ground a couple of weeks ago not far from where I sit. That’s a great move if it comes off. The midfielder was one of the stand out players of next season and the signing would be a great boost ahead of the Peterborough game.
As for that match? We need a win. Don’t care how. One nil from a ninety sixth minute penalty, or from a scuffed one yard effort. Just win please.
Keep it loud keep it proud keep it SWINDON!