My beloved Swindon Town are sitting on top of the Npower League 2 table, who would have thought that after losing 3 of the first 4 games this season this would have transpired. Simply amazing. Never have I felt such pride in supporting Swindon Town. Paolo Di Canio has been such an inspiring character so far this season, catalysing our push for (insert forbidden word here).
Fans are now turning up at the County Ground expecting a result, confident in knowing that we have the depth and quality to achieve this. Disappointment seldom occurs, but rather than dwelling on missed opportunities, the lads are working hard and looking forward to the next game.
Paolo (Manager Of The Month), Benson (Player Of The Month), Richie (League 2 Player Of The Year), and the club winning Programme and Family club of the year is very inspiring. Not only does this demonstrate quality and class within League 2 but also that the club is moving forward in the right direction.
After bouncing back from defeat to local rivals Oxford United with back to back wins, Swindon now face a Crewe side unbeaten in 6 games under boss Steve Davis. Crewe are certainly contenders for the play-offs especially with teams above them dropping vital points at this pivotal stage of the season, and with young Nick Powell showing maturity beyond his years with 11 league goals this season, Swindon keeper Wes Foderingham will be kept busy.
With just one defeat in 14, Swindon will be eager to increase distance from the chasing pack. A win for Swindon will no doubt increase their chances of (insert forbidden word here). This week Swindon acquired the services of on loan midfielder Lee Holmes from Southampton. Holmes said: “It’s great to be back at Swindon and I can’t wait to get going again. They are such exciting times ahead here.” Lee has a lot to live up to, as his previous appearances for the Robins were impressive on his loan spell in 2004.
With another game right around the corner (2nd Place Torquay currently) on Tuesday night, a good result on Saturday will relieve some pressure on Swindon, with their 7 point advantage over The Gulls.
It is just over a week or so until 30,000 Robins descend on the notorious Wembley Stadium. For me, receiving my tickets on Monday made the event even more realistic. I remember the play-off final against Millwall in 2010 and coming away from the match so miserable, not only did we lack passion but the desire to succeed. This time is different: great team togetherness, a passionate manager and a belief that we can achieve anything.
Let’s hope the pitch is as smooth as silk and for goodness sake, no bobbles please…
By Swindon Town blogger Craig Kendall. You can follow him on Twitter @engoism.