Ritchie Helps Robins Maintain Rich Vein Of Form

Swindon Town’s 1-0 victory over MK Dons on Saturday lifted the Robins up into fourth place in the table. A first half cross-shot from Matt Ritchie, his second in two games from similar circumstances, was enough to beat 10-men MK Dons. The Dons lost their club captain Dean Lewington just before the break for lashing out at Simon Ferry.

The Robins were on top throughout the first half creating numerous chances, but failing to score early on left manager Di Canio feeling frustrated. The sending off changed the complexion of the game, but in a negative way for Swindon. After Ritchie’s second goal of the campaign the Robins seemed to be very defensive and let MK Dons move the ball around well and leave fans feeling nervous that the 10-men side would equalise.

With an unbeaten home record stretching back over 12 months at the County Ground, Swindon Town have made the County Ground into a fortress that has seen only one league goal conceded at home since 9th October (After Swindon Town 3 Shrewsbury Town 3), that is impressive.

On To Stoke…

Swindon Town visit The Britannia Stadium on Tuesday night in the second round of the Capital One Cup after their 3-0 first round win over Brighton. The Robins last played Stoke City on April 1st 2002, where goals from Wayne Thomas and Chris Iwelumo gave The Potters a 2-0 victory.

Paul Caddis…

There has been mass speculation regarding former Swindon Town captain Paul Caddis. It would seem that manager Paolo Di Canio has had issues with the Scot during pre-season which has Caddis stripped of the captaincy which has been given to centre-back Alan McCormack.

Aaron Oakley…

A quick mention of Swindon Town’s Youth Team Captain Aaron Oakley (@arronoakley1994) who is now sponsored by “Grimsby Army Swindon Barmy” (@GASB1969).

Fans View…

Danny Stephenson (@MrGASB69) “On the pitch I could not of asked for better, except for a win against Hartlepool, but cannot complain about 4 clean sheets in 4 competitive games.”

John Wingfield (@Budsgotwood) “We started off well but should of had the game wrapped up by half time. With us not putting away more than one goal, even against ten men, I was getting nervous every time they (MK Dons) brought the ball forward.”

Mark Wix (@mark_wix) “Fantastic start to the season, couldn’t ask for much better. We played well today, moved the ball around well at times, De Vita’s first half performance was very impressive.”

Trip down memory lane…

Saturday, January 28th 2012

Leicester City 2 Swindon Town 0

Goals: J. Beckford (‘5, ’53).

Attendance: 19,942 (3,830 Away Fans)

Starting-Line up: Foderingham, Cibocchi, Devera, McCormack, Caddis, De Vita, Risser, Ferry, Ritchie, Benson, Connell.

Subs: Boateng, Gabilondo, J. Smith, Magera, Murray, Thompson, P. Smith.

Reason why I Remember The Game: It was my first trip to The King Power Stadium and I was impressed by the sheer size and quality of the ground. The Swindon fans were tremendous despite the poor result. During the second half there was a chant of “We are Paolo’s red and white Army”, that went back and forth for over ten minutes. I was immensely proud of the fans and the team that day.

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