Another day, another draw for Scunny. But, please, six in the last seven games is enough. We need a win, and in Swindon at home on Monday we could have the perfect opponents. Could, because it’s never quite certain how a team will react after being thrashed 4-1 at home in front of the tv cameras, as Swindon were by Wigan on Friday. Will they be galvanised to bounce back or vulnerable to another defeat given the bashing their self-belief must have taken?
“It was a lesson, that’s where we would like to get to,” said their manager Luke Williams, trying to put a positive spin on it. “I think Wigan are a Championship side that are playing in League One, they are that good, and it’s a benchmark for us.”
It will certainly be a wake-up call for the inexperienced manager who, at just 35 and without any previous managerial experience, was recently handed a five-year contract by the club in a move which startled quite a few people.
Prior to Friday, Swindon’s results had enjoyed a bit of an upturn gone since Williams became the club’s fourth manager this season when he took temporary charge in December, his record of then winning six of 10 league games earning him that massive five-year contract earlier this month.
The club owner and former Norwich winger Lee Power certainly sang Williams’ praises at the time: “He is a fantastic coach, the best I’ve come across in 25 years of football.” Quite a statement. One wonders he felt like that on Friday evening.
The Swindon player we have to watch out for is striker Nicky Ajose, League One’s top scorer with 20 goals since joining from Leeds in September. However, Swindon will be without their captain Nathan Thompson who received a late red card to cap off Swindon’s bad Friday.
Now, if Swindon are going to come out at Glanford Park with all guns blazing, then they will have to be wary of it going too far. On Thursday the club were fined £15,000 after admitting an FA Charge of failing to ensure their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion following a fracas in the recent game against Millwall, who were fined £5,000. This follows a fine of £5,500 for Swindon following another fracas in a game against Leyton Orient in October 2014.
A mention for Gary McSheffrey, who began his loan spell at Donny with a well-taken goal to put his new side ahead, then watched as fellow relegation strugglers Colchester promptly banged in four goals for a vital win. Sheffers’ coolly taken goal was a reminder of what the player can do, and makes it more of a mystery why he was allowed to leave.