Tis the season to be jolly…

Former BBC Wiltshire commentator Vic Morgan writes his latest blog for TheWashbag.com…

I know it’s a bit early, but to be honest, it felt like Christmas last weekend.

After some downright miserable away trips recently, the performance at Chesterfield made it feel like the Yuletide festivities were already underway. It was a joy to watch as the Town reminded us of the 3-0 win at the same venue last season.

This time though, it came against the background of a place in the bottom four and a week after the mauling at Fleetwood. Last term you’ll remember Swindon were already looking a class side who’d be in the promotion shake up.

A goal early on by Nicky Ajose set things up and even though the home side had some chances, the Town were great value for a four nil win. The past two visits to the new Spireites ground has brought seven goals for with none against no wonder it’s becoming a favourite venue for Swindon fans.

For those who remember the old Saltergate Chesterfield stadium, this one is a vast improvement. Good seating with a clear view. Ample room on the concourse for half time refreshment and a chat. Many modern stadia lack a bit of character, not this one. Maybe a model for any club looking to redevelop. Mind you the weather could have been better. Gale force wind and driving rain made for difficult conditions which made Swindon’s performance even better.

Chesterfield StadiumSo a good way to go into our traditional FA Cup break.

That time of the year when some teams play in the world’s oldest knock out competition gives us Town fans the chance to take stock and consider the remainder of the campaign.

Certainly the mood is better than it was two weeks ago. After that defeat at Fleetwood, it looked like a bleak mid winter. Since then though, a couple of wins and improved displays makes for a bit more optimism. Okay there’s still a lot of work to do. What looks better though is the way Swindon are playing.

There’s been a bit of a swagger lately and that’s good. Players like Brad Barry have looked comfortable in a Town shirt and the team spirit looks good. It doesn’t mean we’re going to win the league of course, but it does mean that maybe the darker months won’t be quite so hard.
A welcome break then after a tough month of long away trips.

Whatever you get up to on a Saturday off enjoy and remember keep it loud keep it proud keep it SWINDON!

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