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DAN THE FAN: Chinks of light amid the travel sickness
2:30pm Thursday 3rd October 2013 in Sport
LAST September, Swindon faced Preston and endured a nightmare.
Fast-forward a year and we once again left Deepdale with egg on their face.
An own goal in football brings out contrasting feelings in football fans – if it goes in your favour, it’s hilarious, but if it goes against you, it makes you feel numb.
On Saturday we experienced the latter, Jay McEveley farcically putting the ball past Wes Foderingham.
On the road this season Town have a point from five games – at the same stage last season we had seven.
On first inspection, the away form this season is significantly worse than a year ago but, if we dig a little deeper, we can find a reason not to panic.
In our first five away games last season we faced two sides that eventually got relegated, and the other three were all sitting in mid-table.
This season we’ve come up against four of the best teams in League One and just one mid-table side.
It was always going to be a tough start.
Manager Mark Cooper once again reiterated that he had no plans to bring in any more players in the near future.
I don’t know if his hands are tied by financial constraints but with seven first team players out injured, and looking short in areas all over the pitch, new faces are needed before the loan window slams shut.
As I’ve mentioned, cover for Darren Ward and Grant Hall is essential without another fit, experienced centre back in the squad.
If it’s down to financial reasons, and the club’s quest to reduce our wage bill, then I understand and we just have to carry on with the squad we have.
But if there’s even a slight chance that we can make a move into the loan market before it shuts, it’s imperative that the manager takes it.
This weekend Town face Tranmere Rovers at the County Ground in the first of two games in four days, as we welcome Plymouth next Tuesday in the Johnstones’ Paint Trophy.
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