A glimpse of blue sky…

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

It was a much better Saturday wasn’t it? After the disappointment of the past few weeks, a glimpse of something better.

Somehow Coventry took a two goal lead. Harsh in the extreme after a Swindon performance of promise. The familiar feeling of recent times was coming back.

However that wasn’t the end of it. A last few gripping minutes saw a sterling Swindon fight back. The Ben Gladwin of the season past rammed home the first and Nicky Ajose calmly stroked home the penalty which brought a deserved point.

It would’ve been a real injustice if the Town had lost out in a game which was, for the most part, evenly contested.

There was much interest before the game in the appearance of Joe Cole. The former Chelsea and West Ham star had signed for the Sky Blues on loan. His part in the match was brief. Injury meaning his withdrawal at the break. A shame it’s always good to see top quality players.

The first round of the FA Cup sees Swindon travel to Rochdale.

Now this is a pairing that’s a rare as hen’s teeth in this competition. Just the one meeting and that before the First World War in January 1913. The omens are good. That match saw a two nil win for the Town in Lancashire. A repeat would be good.

That would also mean a first FA Cup goal since the famous win over a Wigan almost four years ago. An unforgettable afternoon. In spite of going behind to an early penalty, goals from Alan Connell and Paul Benson put the Town into the fourth round and eventual defeat by Leicester. Since then the double misery of Macclesfield and the Cheltenham catastrophe. Surely that run has to come to an end!

By coincidence it’s Wigan Athletic that provide the opposition this weekend. My how fortunes have changed for Wigan since that cup tie in 2012.

It’s our first visit to the DW Stadium in ten years. The two clubs have contrived to miss each other in league competition over the past decade. No longer in the Premier League, Wigan have slipped down the divisions and once again we find ourselves against the side we memorably overcame in the play offs in the eighties.

Remember the conga at Springfield Park on the grass bank terrace? Terrific night. Also looking forward to the pies, they’re among the best in the country.

Keep it loud keep it proud keep it SWINDON!

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