Vic Morgan: Bad week at the office…
Former BBC Wiltshire match commentator Vic Morgan writes his weekly blog…
I think it’s fair to say that the past seven days has just about confirmed what many of us have feared for some time. Yes there are still games to play, yes it’s not mathematically certain, but relegation now seems more likely than not.
To say that’s disappointing is, perhaps, a giant understatement. At the start of this season I’d have been happy with mid table. That’s what I hope for most seasons. Anything better than that is a bonus, anything worse is, well worse.
This week started badly with the defeat at Port Vale. Like Chesterfield, who recently beat us, Vale didn’t seem able to win a raffle. Yet they took the points against us relatively easily despite Swindon taking a first half lead, albeit very briefly.
The second half display was pretty awful. Slack marking and bad decision making cost us the game and sent us nearer the trap door. It was tough to take for the travelling support and there was anger among the Town fans at the final whistle.
Frustration is boiling over at the moment and many supporters just feel downright let down. Hardly surprising bearing in mind our league position and the way this season has panned out. I’ve written before about how I think it’s one of the most boring Swindon campaigns ever. Lacklustre football lacking in passion making it difficult to get excited during games. That was the case again at Vale Park.
Fast forward three days and the visit of league leaders Sheffield United. There was trepidation before the game as to how many the Blades might score. That remarkable play off semi final between the sides seemed decades ago, not the two short years it was in reality.
There was also some surprise when the team was announced at the absence of a few players. It transpires that several of them haven’t been preparing properly. Just what you want to hear when your team is in a relegation dog fight.
Watching the first half on Tuesday was a bit like having a filling at the dentist. Painful, annoying but necessary if you want to watch the whole game. To say it was men against boys is again an understatement. Two terrible defensive howlers helped Sheffield establish the lead and look on course for several more.
To be fair the first ten minutes of the second period were terrific. Charlie Colkett looks odds on for goal of the season after his blistering effort and Ben Gladwin reminded us of that brilliant play off May night with the equaliser. It didn’t last though and another defeat was registered.
On the way home it felt like we’d been relegated that night. Unless there’s a footballing miracle, we’re headed back to League Two.
Who’s responsible? Bad recruitment, poor football and a lack of direction sums it up. Make your own minds up who’s to blame.
Oh well it’s off to Bradford on Saturday when who knows the miracle may begin. Then again it may not. Whatever keep it loud keep it proud keep it SWINDON!