Golden Goals

In the final of his blogs this week, Adam Tanner examines another reason why Swindon Town are faltering in League One…

Throughout 28 competitive games this season, no player has scored more than three times for the club. That’s 21 games into the league season and the club’s strikers have four league goals between them.

Frankly, when we consider that several of our opponents have lashed in as many goals against us in about half an hour as all of our forwards combined, it’s a wonder that Swindon Town are as high as 19th in the table.

Whereas I haven’t witnessed (m)any great Swindon teams over my 20 years of regular support, I’ve been blessed with some cracking strikers.

Whereas Ajose wasn’t as complete a player as many of them, his nose for a goal, the most important feature of the lot, was up with the very best. He therefore gave us hope in difficult circumstances.

Early this year, we won consecutive games from being two goals behind. Now, as the stats suggest, scraping a draw from a single goal behind is as good as it ever seems to get.

Even when goals don’t win games, they still have some value. I expect all fans would agree that going down with a fight at Bramall Lane, and losing, say, 2-1 (as Shrewsbury did last month, despite playing the whole second half with nine men) would have represented a far more worthwhile afternoon than a pathetic collapse.

I’ve travelled to the majority of away games over recent years, but the fear of being trounced kept me at home on Saturday. Which is a shame. Over the coming weeks, the onus will be firmly on the club to restore some enthusiasm and pride.

Follow Adam Tanner on Twitter @AdamTanner87

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