Swindon look to return to winning ways ahead of Wembley trip

Swindon’s 2-0 defeat to Crewe on Saturday was just the second league defeat this year.

Crewe hot-shot, Nick Powell’s 12th league goal of the campaign opened the scoring for The Railwaymen in the 29th Minute. After the break Swindon could not capitalise on any chances that where offered, and subsequently went two goals behind in the 65th minute when Westwood finished a neat move with a six-yard effort from an angle. With the introduction of new on-loan signing Lee Holmes in the 46th minute, many of the Swindon fans were hoping for a comeback, but this was not in the script as The Robins slumped to their 9th loss of the season.

Swindon Town’s manager Paolo Di Canio was understandably upset after Saturdays result: “Some of my players lost some humility, passion, and desire. I don’t want to burn what we have built. I have to discover why.”

This loss has dented Swindon’s lead at the top of League 2 to just 4 points but crucially they have a game in hand over their nearest rivals Torquay. Coincidently Torquay are the visitors to The County Ground on Tuesday night. This game is vital for both sides, Swindon are pushing for (forbidden P word) and want to extend their lead at the top, while Torquay will be boosted by their 4-1 victory over Burton on Saturday. 13 out of 15 points in the last 5 games for Torquay has catapulted them into 2nd place in the league and inflamed their desire for automatic promotion. A bumper crowd of over 9,000 is expected at the County Ground and a fantastic atmosphere will prevail.

The weekend…

Excited about the weekend is probably an understatement. Travelling down (From my hometown Grimsby) will occur on Saturday morning with 2 other Swindon fans (both converted after seeing Town play J). We will be staying in East London and driving over to Wembley in good time on Sunday morning to soak up the atmosphere around the stadium before we enter the illustrious Wembley Stadium. I am expecting around 30,000 Robins to be making the trip to the capital to hopefully see Swindon lift the Johnston’s Paint Trophy for the first time. As this would be Paolo’s first trophy as a manager I do not know how he will react but I am sure that it will be worth documenting in the future.

A trip down memory lane…

26th December 2004

Peterborough 0 Swindon Town 2

Attendance: 4,212 (601 Away Fans)

Goals From: Sammy Igoe (54’) & Super ‘Sam’ Parkin (85’)

Starting Line-up: Evans, Reeves, Ifil, Jenkins, Holmes, Hewlett, O’Hanlon, Igoe, Duke, Parkin, Roberts.

Why I Remember The Match: On the way to the game, my Grandad bought me my SatNav as a late Christmas Present, which I still use, although some of the roads have slightly altered now.

Beyond football…

On a side note my thoughts are with Fabrice Muamba and his family at this tough time. Football rivalry aside, fans have pulled together fantastically and I hope that on behalf of all Swindon fans, Fabrice makes a full recovery. A talented 23-year-old who appeared at the 2011 European Under-21 Championship in Denmark for England Under-21’s, for whom he made 33 appearances.

A mention also for Liam Kelly, the Kilmarnock midfielder’s joy of winning the Scottish League Cup Final turned to tragedy as he found out his father, Jack Kelly has suffered a heart attack at the game. Thoughts and prayers are with Liam and his family.

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