Away Days: Swindon

Iron fan Ryan West reviews Saturday’s trip to Swindon.

The Journey

We set of at 10:00am for a 160 mile trip from Kent to Swindon on a glorious summers day, or so we thought! It took us two hours to do the first 75 miles. Proudly displaying our ‘Scunthorpe United’ scarf in the back window, we rocked up to the “Magic Roundabout” at 13:45pm. The only positive of the journey was finding a parking spot that meant we were not paying £10 to use the official club car park!

The delight of ducking the excessive parking prices didn’t last long when I handed over £25 for a LEAGUE ONE game between Swindon Town & Scunthorpe United. One steward outside found my comment of “I hope Swindon pass it like Barcelona” rather funny. I think he had the last laugh as he wished me a “safe journey” after the game!

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After a terrible drive down in the sunshine, dehydration obviously affected my decision making as I willing parted with £4.40 for two bottles of water.

Almost tempted to try the ‘Balti Pie’, I’m glad I didn’t as by 15:14pm I am sure most Iron fans including myself felt sick. Two identical passes cut open our sluggish defence and it was 2-0 from nothing!

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The game

Nobody could argue with Wilcox’s lineup or tactics. Trying to contain Luongo & Kasami would always be difficult, so playing 4-5-1 was practical. Syers going off injured completely changed the game and unfortunately for us, our midfield struggled for most of the afternoon after reverting to a 4-4-1-1.

Paddy Madden who is a class act managed to restore some ‘hope’ & we had a number of chances to ‘get out of jail’ as Jeno, Madden and Burton all went close before… The sucker punch!

The defence lacked leadership & the positional play was none existent! They say “lightening strikes twice”, what do they call it when it happens for a third time?

For the third time our defence was opened up with minimal fuss, and a touch of good fortune later it was 3-1- game over!

The second half was uneventful with the game already over, with Swindon doing all they could to waste time & Mr Atwell obviously enjoying his new whistle.

The only real talking point was Marcus Williams getting sent off. To cut the long story short, if you raise your arms to an opponent it is a red card – simple. That summed up Marcus’ afternoon!

In summary

Overall it was a disappointing afternoon but there were positives. We created a host of chances and on another day we could of had 3 or 4 goals ourselves!

Keep the faith and enjoy the trip to Ewood Park. Before people write us off, there are always upsets in every round of the cup ….. so who knows what might happen on Tuesday!?

Looking further ahead, I wouldn’t be surprised to see 1 or 2 players added to the squad before another tough game v PNE at the weekend!

Keep the Faith. UTI would like to thank Ryan for his away day report and photos. If you would like to get involved with this  feature for future away days, please get in touch. ?????? ??? ?????? ???????

Written by Matt Blanchard

Part of the team since 2007, before becoming editor in 2013. Undertaken the role of match summariser during Scunthorpe United live match commentaries for BBC Radio Humberside. Seasonal contributor to football titles FourFourTwo and When Saturday Comes and a finalist at the Football Blogging Awards in 2014.

Swindon 3-1 United

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