Emergency Ward 10

BBC Devon’s Vic Morgan writes his latest blog for TheWashbag.com

I know it’s only people of a certain age that’ll remember the first real hospital soap. It’s also a way of describing many things including the latest Town injury situation. It seems a new fitness problem is reported every day. So that means it’s backs against the wall at Millwall. It also means a conveyor belt of players coming in to try to plug the gaps. Two more started on Saturday against Peterborough. One of them of course was a familiar face, Ben Gladwin. We certainly saw what we’ve been missing since his move to QPR. The only part of his game that wasn’t on song was his shooting. If it had been he might have bagged a hat trick.

Also in for the first time was Adam El Abt who made a pretty impressive start. It was interesting to hear him shouting at his team mates within minutes of the beginning of the game. Sadly though, it was another defeat. The comical second goal conceded was missed by yours truly. It was a goal kick so I was casually looking around the game when I was informed the visitors had scored. Having seen it since, there’s no doubt it’s a certain future entrant in the ‘What Happens Next’ section of quiz games. Ok, we got one back, but that was in keeping with the way things have been going lately. An own goal. That’s how our season is right now. Let’s face it we’re struggling.

Before thinking about this weekend, a word about a former Swindon striker Dave Syrett. Dave is undergoing treatment for a brain tumour. Whenever you get frustrated at a game think about Dave. Always ready with a smile and a laugh, Dave deserves the best in life and I hope he gets it.

So to Saturday and a game against our play off final opponents of a few years back. Not many look back at that Wembley experience with any fondness. It wasn’t a great game and the heavy rain that fell that day summed up the whole thing. Oh and a breakdown on the way home didn’t help. Since then Milwall’s brief stay in the Championship has come to an end and back we go to the New Den. To be honest it’s not my favourite venue, although I’m hoping it might be somewhere I like a little better after the weekend. Allied to the car story, the last time we played there in the league I had a raging toothache. Now I’ve a heavy cold, the omens aren’t good.

Still, positive things come from adversity and maybe the current situation with injuries and suspension may see a committed performance from those who are left.

Keep it loud, keep it proud, keep it SWINDON!

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