VIC MORGAN COLUMN: Plymouth are happy so why are we down?

First published in Sport

STRANGE old things perceptions aren’t they? Here we are in the final few furlongs of the season, with an outside chance of the play-offs.

Yet for some this campaign is rather drifting along. Peterborough’s defeat at Sheffield United leaves us two games back of the Posh, the American system works well at this stage, with just a couple of months to go.

There was an odd, almost end of term, atmosphere travelling to Crewe on Saturday. I was as guilty as anyone else.

A feeling that the season was over. Of course it isn’t. Plenty of games to go and lots still to play for. Why is there that attitude?

Hard to tell really. It’s been a typical Swindon few months. Great highs and balanced out by some pretty low moments.

Maybe its because our form hasn’t been great at a time when you need it to be. Again though, here we sit one place below that dotted line.

If things go our way we are in with an interesting final straight. I mention the word perception because where I live and work there’s a slightly different feeling about things. Plymouth Argyle are in a similar position to us and Pilgrims fans are in buoyant mood.

Perhaps that’s because their season began in wretched style but in the last month have hit the sort of run that any team wants at this time of the year.

It’s odd isn’t it, how something so alike can seem so different. One more thought from the Crewe game. How good is Louis Thompson getting?

Another performance of maturity and passion. Great to see in a player who, like his brother, clearly loves playing for the Town.

That’s one perception I think we can all agree on.

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7:42am Thu 6 Mar 14

LionelHutz says...

Many STFC fans have been down on the team ever since Di Canio left and Kevin MacDonald arrived, in my opinion. That's why Cooper gets a lot of stick despite guiding the team to a far better season than originally expected.
Many STFC fans have been down on the team ever since Di Canio left and Kevin MacDonald arrived, in my opinion. That's why Cooper gets a lot of stick despite guiding the team to a far better season than originally expected. LionelHutz
  • Score: 29

8:42am Thu 6 Mar 14

Forevered says...

I agree with your comment about Louis. I have been a fan for a while. An unsung hero for this club who does the dirty work for the team and covers enormous mileage. Yes Vic you are right both he and his brother appear to love the club, probably due to them being products of the Centre of Excellence.
Hopefully Louis shall have an even bigger season next season.
I agree with your comment about Louis. I have been a fan for a while. An unsung hero for this club who does the dirty work for the team and covers enormous mileage. Yes Vic you are right both he and his brother appear to love the club, probably due to them being products of the Centre of Excellence. Hopefully Louis shall have an even bigger season next season. Forevered
  • Score: 15

9:24am Thu 6 Mar 14

Swindon1984 says...

Forevered wrote:
I agree with your comment about Louis. I have been a fan for a while. An unsung hero for this club who does the dirty work for the team and covers enormous mileage. Yes Vic you are right both he and his brother appear to love the club, probably due to them being products of the Centre of Excellence. Hopefully Louis shall have an even bigger season next season.
Not sure if by unsung hero you mean he's not appreciated - I'd say most fans back him 100% and rate him highly as do I, and you'll often here both Thompsons getting a shout out from the town end - can't say that about evey player (although not ever name lends itself to a catchy tune like there's no limit!)

He's the sort of player who should be starting most games because he's somewhat unique for us in the type of player he is - Kasim possibly the most similar but he hasn't looked as good as at the start of the season. Every team needs a real grafter who hassles and wins the ball but Louis has good sense and distribution also. Possibly has been overlooked for a starting spot by the manager at times but looks to be having a decent run in the side now which is good for all concerned.
[quote][p][bold]Forevered[/bold] wrote: I agree with your comment about Louis. I have been a fan for a while. An unsung hero for this club who does the dirty work for the team and covers enormous mileage. Yes Vic you are right both he and his brother appear to love the club, probably due to them being products of the Centre of Excellence. Hopefully Louis shall have an even bigger season next season.[/p][/quote]Not sure if by unsung hero you mean he's not appreciated - I'd say most fans back him 100% and rate him highly as do I, and you'll often here both Thompsons getting a shout out from the town end - can't say that about evey player (although not ever name lends itself to a catchy tune like there's no limit!) He's the sort of player who should be starting most games because he's somewhat unique for us in the type of player he is - Kasim possibly the most similar but he hasn't looked as good as at the start of the season. Every team needs a real grafter who hassles and wins the ball but Louis has good sense and distribution also. Possibly has been overlooked for a starting spot by the manager at times but looks to be having a decent run in the side now which is good for all concerned. Swindon1984
  • Score: 5

10:09am Thu 6 Mar 14

Oi Den! says...

Louis Thompson is our most valuable asset by a country mile. The vultures will be circling soon.
Louis Thompson is our most valuable asset by a country mile. The vultures will be circling soon. Oi Den!
  • Score: 6

10:31am Thu 6 Mar 14

Fernham Red says...

We're lucky to be a club that supports young talent rather than buys it in expensive and foil wrapped. It's clear that many of these "Aged 23 and under youngsters": The Thompsons, Wes, Kasim, Luongo, Nile, Byrne, Pritchard in particular have huge careers ahead of them............othe
rs too have shined on occasion...Mason, Hall, Barthram, Tyrell, The Smiths, Miles, Branco ...the rest await their chance to really shine ....Bedwell, Tijane, Gladwin, Barker, Waldon, Francis, Ferguson, Jackson ...whilst others have only been held back by injury....Oakley, Agombar and even Cox. Murphy and Reckord are "interesting " short term additions too. End of season loans was how we 'captured' Byrne & Luongo.....kind of try before you buy, smart business really.
Anyone looking from the outside might even call that "a well managed pipeline of young talent".
Amazing to think we only have 4 'active' players older than 23:
Ward, Troy, N'Guessan, Harley
It could be even fewer next year!
We're lucky to be a club that supports young talent rather than buys it in expensive and foil wrapped. It's clear that many of these "Aged 23 and under youngsters": The Thompsons, Wes, Kasim, Luongo, Nile, Byrne, Pritchard in particular have huge careers ahead of them............othe rs too have shined on occasion...Mason, Hall, Barthram, Tyrell, The Smiths, Miles, Branco ...the rest await their chance to really shine ....Bedwell, Tijane, Gladwin, Barker, Waldon, Francis, Ferguson, Jackson ...whilst others have only been held back by injury....Oakley, Agombar and even Cox. Murphy and Reckord are "interesting " short term additions too. End of season loans was how we 'captured' Byrne & Luongo.....kind of try before you buy, smart business really. Anyone looking from the outside might even call that "a well managed pipeline of young talent". Amazing to think we only have 4 'active' players older than 23: Ward, Troy, N'Guessan, Harley It could be even fewer next year! Fernham Red
  • Score: 6

10:33am Thu 6 Mar 14

Fernham Red says...

Oops...forgot about McEveley...make that 5 old-timers
Oops...forgot about McEveley...make that 5 old-timers Fernham Red
  • Score: 2

11:47am Thu 6 Mar 14

London Red says...

I Think we will have a at least the same number if not a few more
.
Once the legacy costs have gone (some £1m+ a season!) then we will have more than enough budget to look at players which we probably couldn't afford this year
.
Players like Diagouraga (26) who we looked at last summer might now be an option where perhaps they were not
.
Yes the squad will primarily be made up of youngsters - but despite what some think Power is not stupid and knows older heads are needed - he did play football after all - so I doubt he will not hinder his investment by chucking them all out
.
I think its more a case of take a risk on an U21 but only sign someone who you think will make a real difference if older - better that than a squad full of Gary Roberts who was only here for his massive wage - source his mouth!
I Think we will have a at least the same number if not a few more . Once the legacy costs have gone (some £1m+ a season!) then we will have more than enough budget to look at players which we probably couldn't afford this year . Players like Diagouraga (26) who we looked at last summer might now be an option where perhaps they were not . Yes the squad will primarily be made up of youngsters - but despite what some think Power is not stupid and knows older heads are needed - he did play football after all - so I doubt he will not hinder his investment by chucking them all out . I think its more a case of take a risk on an U21 but only sign someone who you think will make a real difference if older - better that than a squad full of Gary Roberts who was only here for his massive wage - source his mouth! London Red
  • Score: 7

1:57pm Thu 6 Mar 14

Old-Stager, Hilperton says...

Oi Den! wrote:
Louis Thompson is our most valuable asset by a country mile. The vultures will be circling soon.
Totally agree with your assessment of Louis Thompson, who really should have been selected to play for Town more times this season.
[quote][p][bold]Oi Den![/bold] wrote: Louis Thompson is our most valuable asset by a country mile. The vultures will be circling soon.[/p][/quote]Totally agree with your assessment of Louis Thompson, who really should have been selected to play for Town more times this season. Old-Stager, Hilperton
  • Score: 2

5:29pm Thu 6 Mar 14

smirg kcab says...

Oi Den! wrote:
Louis Thompson is our most valuable asset by a country mile. The vultures will be circling soon.
Thinks he needs to add goals to his game for the vultures to circle, looks a very good prospect next season if he can add that bit extra
[quote][p][bold]Oi Den![/bold] wrote: Louis Thompson is our most valuable asset by a country mile. The vultures will be circling soon.[/p][/quote]Thinks he needs to add goals to his game for the vultures to circle, looks a very good prospect next season if he can add that bit extra smirg kcab
  • Score: 0

7:39pm Thu 6 Mar 14

Oi Den! says...

smirg kcab wrote:
Oi Den! wrote:
Louis Thompson is our most valuable asset by a country mile. The vultures will be circling soon.
Thinks he needs to add goals to his game for the vultures to circle, looks a very good prospect next season if he can add that bit extra
Grim, I agree he's not the finished article. Not sure the goals (from him) are that important though. Hope you're right about the vultures. I'd hate to lose him.
[quote][p][bold]smirg kcab[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Oi Den![/bold] wrote: Louis Thompson is our most valuable asset by a country mile. The vultures will be circling soon.[/p][/quote]Thinks he needs to add goals to his game for the vultures to circle, looks a very good prospect next season if he can add that bit extra[/p][/quote]Grim, I agree he's not the finished article. Not sure the goals (from him) are that important though. Hope you're right about the vultures. I'd hate to lose him. Oi Den!
  • Score: 2

9:45pm Thu 6 Mar 14

Red till Dead says...

Why not invest in our academy and get it up to level 1 as Crewe have done,that will be a good investment as it will add extra value to the players that do break into the first team and do well,look at what some of crewe's players have been sold for since they upgraded and also us loyal supporters get to see great talent more often like the Thompson brothers and not every now and again.We may even develop our own pritchard's 1day.Also I would just like to thank mr power for sticking by us and getting us on the road to self sustainability,Im sure you know where we need strengthening for next season,most of the dead wood and sick notes should be gone as well,enjoy the rest of the season fellow reds,bless :))
Why not invest in our academy and get it up to level 1 as Crewe have done,that will be a good investment as it will add extra value to the players that do break into the first team and do well,look at what some of crewe's players have been sold for since they upgraded and also us loyal supporters get to see great talent more often like the Thompson brothers and not every now and again.We may even develop our own pritchard's 1day.Also I would just like to thank mr power for sticking by us and getting us on the road to self sustainability,Im sure you know where we need strengthening for next season,most of the dead wood and sick notes should be gone as well,enjoy the rest of the season fellow reds,bless :)) Red till Dead
  • Score: 3

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