Still work to do for leaders Swindon

Swindon Town’s 0-0 draw with Bristol Rovers on Saturday epitomised the lack of recent finishing power.

With only three goals being scored in our past five games, Di Canio’s Swindon have looked poor in front of goal with a neck injury for Paul Benson, ruling the striker out from the starting line-up, being a major blow for the Wilshire side.

With 13 shots on goal, seven on target and the woodwork being hit, Swindon failed to convert any of these chances. Bristol Rovers seemed to have settled for a point before the game had even kicked off and this showed in their lack of adventure with the ball.

Fans reaction using just five words…

@ijwilmer81 – Rovers game plan worked perfectly
@Charliejewell98 – Town dominated but poor finishing
@swindonpdc15 – Frustrating, annoying, outplayed, good, enjoyable
@Noelbeau – One point closer to promotion
@safehandsgk1 – Dogged, injured, clean sheet, point
@DaveHendrickTLW – Swindon wasteful, Rovers resilient, stalemate

Game In Hand…

Swindon’s first game in hand is away at Barnet on Tuesday night. With a two point lead over Torquay already, the Robins will be hoping to cash in on Barnet’s poor form. The Bees have accumulated just seven points in 12 matches leaving them just one place above the relegation zone. With a poor goal difference and Barnet shipping goals left, right and centre hopefully the Wiltshire side will adhere to the form book.

Earlier In The Season…

The sides have not only met already in the league this season but also in the Area Final of the Football League Trophy. The Robins won the two-legged affair 2-1 on aggregate with Benson scoring the decisive goal in the 2nd leg. In September, 7,297 fans saw a dominant 4-0 win for Swindon which left Barnet Manager Lawrie Sanchez reeling, ‘This is not what I expect from my players, the whole team played poor, I feel sorry for the fans who have paid and traveled to watch’.

…Cheerio Tehoue

Paolo Di Canio has sent on-loan striker Jonathan Tehoue back to Leyton Orient stating ‘It’s a technical decision. He’s not as good as I thought he was. It is nearly impossible he will see the football pitch at Swindon.’ The French forward has spent less than a month with Swindon Town making just three appearances. Paolo’s comments will be endorsed by many Robins fans after receiving scathing reviews around Tehoue’s performances for the side.

Trip down memory lane…

Saturday 28th December 1996

Swindon Town 1-0 Grimsby Town Match Abandoned 32 minutes (Frozen Pitch)

Ref: Mark Halsey

Goal: K.Watson (’31)

Starting-Line up: Digby, Kerslake, Elkins, Watson, Robinson, Horlock, Culverhouse, O”Sullivan, Cowe, Allison, Walters.

Reason why I Remember The Game:

I travelled from Grimsby on a coach laid on by a company in Grimsby that one of my neighbours worked for as there head office was in Swindon. I had an amazing day out, met some of the squad and received a signed ball which I still have. I was gutted when the match was abandoned as it was my first visit to the County Ground, but I was promised that I would return for the rematch. Unfortunately this didn’t occur as it was played on a Tuesday night and as I was only 11 at the time couldn’t persuade my parents to take me. Another reason is that the Club Shop was shut after the game and I didn’t get the chance to go in it beforehand, my heart sank and I almost cried at that moment.

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