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DAN THE FAN: A team that deserves a wider audience
2:30pm Thursday 26th September 2013 in Sport
WE GOT to experience a glance at the glamour and glitz of the Premier League with the visit of former European champions Chelsea on Tuesday.
In total, 14,924 fans packed into the County Ground to witness a good, solid display from Mark Cooper’s side.
Neither team was spectacular, but just two moments of genius from the Blues’ world-class XI was the difference.
The most exciting part of the night for me wasn’t the famous players on show, or Jose Mourinho sitting in the away dugout, it was seeing the County Ground sold out.
Tuesday’s attendance was the highest since 1997 when Middlesbrough came to Town and the two clubs were battling for promotion to the Premier League.
It was a fantastic sight to see the ground packed but I had the lingering thought that it was only a one-off.
This sort of support won’t be repeated until another big club rolls into town.
Thousands of people won’t set foot back into any football ground and they are missing the real side of the best game in the world.
If you are reading this and you support one of the ‘bigger’ clubs and you only see maybe one game a season at the stadium, I implore you to go and watch some live football, ideally at Swindon Town.
At the moment Town are promoting stylish, attractive football, not the conventional League One lump-the-ball-to-the-big-man tactic.
This style of play has resulted in this season becoming one of the most entertaining for many years.
Don’t let your television remote become your season ticket.
On Saturday, Town earned a superb 3-2 home win over local rivals Bristol City and despite the result, it was still hard to ignore the fact we were poor at the back.
My confidence in our defence seems to be waning with each performance and it’s a good job we have the best goalkeeper in League One (Wes Foderingham) behind them.
Reinforcements at the back are essential.
Dany N’Guessan enjoyed a home debut to remember as he pulled the strings up front alongside Nile Ranger and Nicky Ajose.
N’Guessan has had to rebuild his career after being released by Scottish giants Rangers in 2005.
He climbed up the footballing pyramid, has played for Leicester City and Millwall and has all the attributes to be a great signing.
His main problem so far has been his concentration and timing, being caught offside far too many times.
It’s promotion rivals Preston North End at Deepdale this weekend, which will revive memories of last season’s 4-1 embarrassment as Paolo Di Canio – remember him? – subbed Foderingham in the first half.
After a morale-boosting week, hopefully we can do better this time.