Swindon head to Wembley in high spirits after top-of-the-table triumph

A dominant performance from Swindon Town on Tuesday and their 12th straight home league victory has extended their lead at the top of League Two to 7 Points.

With 59% possession Swindon converted just 2 of the 16 attempts on goal with headers from Connell and Risser either side of half time. Swindon’s goalkeeper Wes Foderingham was scarcely given anything to do and this is testament to Paolo’s tactics on the night. Lee Holmes had another great night along with Risser and Connell.

This can only be a catalyst for Sunday’s Football League Trophy Final at Wembley.

The worst case scenario for Swindon going into Sunday’s game will be 4 points ahead of The Gulls with two games in hand over them, or 5 points ahead of The Shrews with one game in hand. Either way Swindon are in a very strong position, with a target of 95 points very achievable.

Selected reaction…

Swindon Town Manager Paolo Di Canio said after the game: ‘The most important thing is all these victories give us a good position when we arrive at the end. The target was to go up and this will remain our target.’

Wes Foderingham on Twitter ‘Great win tonight, probably the most important win of the season. Roll on Sunday’.

Swindon scorer Alan Connell, ‘I felt really good tonight and grew into the game. We have so much quality in the side especially on the wings and I just tried to get on the end of things. Torquay played very well and they’re up there with Shrewsbury in terms of the sides that we have faced. I think they (Torquay) will go up.’

On-Loan Star…

Swindon Town’s latest acquisition has been announced as Barnsley defender Jay McEveley. The 6 foot 1 bulky centre back has spent most of his career on-loan to several clubs including Burnley, Gillingham, Derby and Barnsley to name a few. The 27 year old has been targeted by Paolo Di Canio in a view to signing him on a permanent basis when the transfer window reopens. Jay would be eligible to feature in Sundays clash against Chesterfield but only time will tell whether he will be a future Robin or not. His contract with Barnsley will terminate in the summer so he may have played his last match for The Tykes.

And Another…

Swindon Town’s 2nd on-loan signing this week is Tottenhams 20 year old attacking midfielder John Bostock. The London born player holds a unique playing career as he has only played 28 times at club level but 40 times at international level be this at a younger age. John has yet to prove himself but if Paolo can bring his potential out of him then this has the potiential of kick-starting this young mans career.

Two In One Out

Billy Bodin has been signed by Crewe Alexandra until the end of the season. The son of Swindon Town legend Paul Bodin has spent much of the season on-loan at Torquay for whom he made 17 appearances for, scoring 5 times to help The Alex push for the play-off.

Only 1 Place Separating The Teams…

“We’re going up, you’re going down” we be one of the chants I expect to hear on Saturday. A whole league separates Swindon and Chesterfield currently but after May it is looking increasingly likely that they will be trading places. Chesterfield have had a poor season by their standards and with 1 win in 7 games their current form has been dire. Their only hope of salvation this season is to win the Football League Trophy. This would galvanise the team into putting that extra effort required to stay in League 1, but a defeat at Wembley and relegation could spell the end for manager John Sheridan.

Trip down memory lane…

Tuesday 4th December 2007

Carlisle United 3 Swindon Town 0

Attendance: 5,477 (216 Away Fans)

Goals From: Anyinsah (27’, 54’), Garner (75’).

Starting Line-up: Brezovan, Nicholas, Aljofree, Tozer, Smith, Mcgovern, Pook, Easton, Comminges, Paynter, Cox

Why I Remember The Game: It was an awful performance from Swindon, with a round trip of 400 mile, but the reason I remember this game is because I took my pregnant finance to the game. As The Cumbrians scored their third goal, troubled erupted in the away end but luckily with quick thinking, moving her away from the situation prevented any harm and 3 weeks later gave birth to our first son, Connor.

By Swindon Town blogger Craig Kendall. You can follow him on Twitter @engoism. #