TOWN 1 BRADFORD 0: Swindon's fine finish to the season continues

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Swindon Town's Lee Cox celebrates his winning goal against Bradford City with Nathan Thompson Swindon Town's Lee Cox celebrates his winning goal against Bradford City with Nathan Thompson

SWINDON Town might not make the play-offs this season but whichever position they occupy on May 4, the 2013/14 campaign should be seen as an unquestionable success.

This victory over a physical and well-drilled Bradford City oufit, who were unbeaten in three on the road going into the game – including trips to Leyton Orient and Rotherham – was their sixth in seven matches.

That’s impressive in itself. Thrown in the fact that Sheffield United, Preston North End, Brentford and Coventry City have also been on the receiving end of defeat to the Robins since the beginning of March and we’re heading towards minor miracle territory.

Manager Mark Cooper and his coaching staff, his young players and experienced pros, deserve the credit now – regardless of whether they lie sixth (highly unlikely), seventh (very likely), eighth or ninth in two weeks’ time.

They’ve battled against squads assembled at three or four times the cost of their own, against seasoned pros with fine pedigree, and, though the top six would require a nuclear meltdown by Peterborough United, they can hold their heads high for more than holding their own in the English third tier.

Even Bradford, struggling in midtable, could name amongst their squad the likes of Jon Stead and Aaron McLean – men who have commanded seven figures in transfer fees in the past. But the Bantams barely got a word in at the County Ground on Easter Monday.

Swindon bossed this game from start to finish, with the exception of the odd blemish, and that Wes Foderingham only had one save of note to make – from a free-kick midway through the first half – speaks volumes of the strength of Town’s backline.

It should have been a more handsome win. Jon McLaughlin was in fine form in between the sticks for Bradford, saving from Michael Smith and Miles Storey, while the excellent Alex Pritchard missed perhaps his easiest chance of the campaign to double the hosts’ advantage after Lee Cox had steered home his first goal for Swindon.

One goal was enough, however, and while Peterborough won to all but make safe sixth spot, it’s about time we looked on the bright side. This was a talented Swindon team, playing entertaining, dominant football – let’s hope for the same next term.

Cooper made two changes to his starting XI following the 2-1 win at Coventry City on Good Friday. Lee Cox came into the middle of midfield for Ben Gladwin while Miles Storey replaced the ill Nathan Byrne, as Cooper reverted to a 3-5-2 formation.

Town enjoyed much the better of the early possession and, for the opening 10 minutes, Bradford could barely get a sniff of the ball.

But the home side struggled to fashion any meaningful sights of goal and, in the 14th minute, it was the visitors who came close to breaking the deadlock.

Jones whipped in a free-kick from a tight angle on the left wing and Foderingham had to get down quickly to his right to push the skipper’s effort out for a corner.

Again, Swindon settled into a comfortable rhythm, passing the ball about midfield with ease and composure, but a lack of movement up front or foresight from the creative hub of the team left the home crowd frustrated by the slow tempo of the game.

Pritchard wriggled free in the area and shot wide after Storey had taken the ball off the feet of Rory McArdle but otherwise chances were few and far between.

With Town content to manipulate possession at a laid-back pace around halfway, the home fans became more and more irritable. Smith almost pulled them back onside when he latched onto Troy Archibald-Henville’s knock-down in the box to turn and volley at goal.

The ex-Charlton man seemed destined to wheel away in celebration, only for Jones get in a late block.

Ex-Town midfielder Raffa De Vita crashed a wild half-volley wide in the 35th minute, before Smith tested McLaughlin at the other end with a volley of his own and Nathan Thompson burst into the box only to slip as he shot and watch as the ball flew into the Stratton Bank.

Swindon gently applied the accelerator in the minutes before the interval. The speed of their passing intensified, Smith’s first touch improved and Pritchard began to find more and more space.

Smith and Pritchard combined nicely in the 43rd minute to give the former a sight of goal, but McArdle got across the striker to take the pace out of his shot, which dribbled through to McLaughlin.

Town pushed themselves onto the front foot from the early moments of the second half. Pritchard sliced wide from 20 yards, McEveley saw his effort from Luongo’s cross deflected over by Stephen Darby and Smith was denied at point-blank range by McLaughlin after meeting Storey’s sumptuous cross.

The Robins took a deserved lead in the 64th minute. McEveley headed into the path of Pritchard and, when neither he nor Storey could control the ball in the box, Cox found himself in the right place at the right time and composed himself well before firing beyond McLaughlin.

It was Cox’s first goal for the club and the first Bradford had conceded on their travels for a month.

Town immediately pushed on for a second. Pritchard played in Storey with a delicate throughball but McLaughlin saved from the 20-year-old at his near post. Then Pritchard wasted a golden chance, as he failed to hit the target after being given a clear run on goal by Luongo’s pass.

Pritchard was back to his exciting best, popping up all over the place and running at Bradford defenders. In the 73rd minute his free-kick forced McLaughlin to leap to his right to turn the ball to safety. It was the last chance of note, as Town eased to victory in the final quarter.

Season over? Maybe. But, if this model stays in place, perhaps the best is yet to come.

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8:50am Tue 22 Apr 14

old town robin says...

Branco had a good game as did Troy, Jay, Jack and Wes, any of them could have picked up MoM. Very solid at the back and it was very noticeable in the first half whilst there was a lot of sideways passing in the midfield Troy and Jack were both trying to get the ball forward with some good passes forward and running at the Bradford defence with the ball at their feet which Bradford had no answer too..

I have no doubts had we had the settled defence we have now earlier in the campaign, we wouldn't have lost 16 games and conceded 50 odd goals, we would have been in the mix and challenging for promotion, especially if we also had Ranger up front. I would go as far as to say none of the play-off teams would have wanted to meet us, we have already beaten Rotherham, Preston and Peterborough at least once and IMO the Orient are probably the weakest of the bunch now, as they're form has dipped over the last month or so.

Interesting times ahead in the next month or so with the retaining list tba and probably the most important matter of who owns the club.
Branco had a good game as did Troy, Jay, Jack and Wes, any of them could have picked up MoM. Very solid at the back and it was very noticeable in the first half whilst there was a lot of sideways passing in the midfield Troy and Jack were both trying to get the ball forward with some good passes forward and running at the Bradford defence with the ball at their feet which Bradford had no answer too.. I have no doubts had we had the settled defence we have now earlier in the campaign, we wouldn't have lost 16 games and conceded 50 odd goals, we would have been in the mix and challenging for promotion, especially if we also had Ranger up front. I would go as far as to say none of the play-off teams would have wanted to meet us, we have already beaten Rotherham, Preston and Peterborough at least once and IMO the Orient are probably the weakest of the bunch now, as they're form has dipped over the last month or so. Interesting times ahead in the next month or so with the retaining list tba and probably the most important matter of who owns the club. old town robin
  • Score: 13

9:37am Tue 22 Apr 14

jfmorty says...

Yes, a fine end to this season, 6 wins out of the last eight, and a solid 7th place, Just a shame that we couldn't get things together a bit earlier, but then, this is all much better than we thought possible before the season started. It all augers well for next season, if only we can get the ownership issue sorted soon ....
Yes, a fine end to this season, 6 wins out of the last eight, and a solid 7th place, Just a shame that we couldn't get things together a bit earlier, but then, this is all much better than we thought possible before the season started. It all augers well for next season, if only we can get the ownership issue sorted soon .... jfmorty
  • Score: 11

10:59am Tue 22 Apr 14

bearwoodred says...

By my reckoning we are guarenteed 8th or higher unless Port Vale can overturn a 20 goal difference on us and they play Sheffield United next. Even with two defeats we have a good chance to remain 7th.

Personally as a committed Happy Clapper I am not giving up on the play-offs but do have some reservations about us if we do make it!. It will be interesting to watch Rotherham perform and it will be great to get another one over our favourite lean mean manager.
By my reckoning we are guarenteed 8th or higher unless Port Vale can overturn a 20 goal difference on us and they play Sheffield United next. Even with two defeats we have a good chance to remain 7th. Personally as a committed Happy Clapper I am not giving up on the play-offs but do have some reservations about us if we do make it!. It will be interesting to watch Rotherham perform and it will be great to get another one over our favourite lean mean manager. bearwoodred
  • Score: 3

12:18pm Tue 22 Apr 14

harley red says...

Poor reporting the game was dull for long periods , both teams to blame for that . We need I strong number 9 able to control the ball when it's fired up front as smith has an awful first touch . I hope we have more Swindon players rather than loan no hopers , but would love to have Stevens on board with troy ,and hope we can keep hold of Wes. I also like Cox and I would not think he would be a high earner , and most of all I hope we get the ball forward and in the box quicker and more often , then it will be more entertaining
Poor reporting the game was dull for long periods , both teams to blame for that . We need I strong number 9 able to control the ball when it's fired up front as smith has an awful first touch . I hope we have more Swindon players rather than loan no hopers , but would love to have Stevens on board with troy ,and hope we can keep hold of Wes. I also like Cox and I would not think he would be a high earner , and most of all I hope we get the ball forward and in the box quicker and more often , then it will be more entertaining harley red
  • Score: -16

1:08pm Tue 22 Apr 14

Davidsyrett says...

harley red wrote:
Poor reporting the game was dull for long periods , both teams to blame for that . We need I strong number 9 able to control the ball when it's fired up front as smith has an awful first touch . I hope we have more Swindon players rather than loan no hopers , but would love to have Stevens on board with troy ,and hope we can keep hold of Wes. I also like Cox and I would not think he would be a high earner , and most of all I hope we get the ball forward and in the box quicker and more often , then it will be more entertaining
Sometimes Harley, games don't have to be exciting to be enjoyable. Yesterday we had to be patient against a well drilled team that came for a draw, too reckless and we could have lost 1-0. Yes it was very tactical, but we were in control for most of the game. Successful teams will always have to grind out results sometime, and that's exactly how yesterday was.

Why keep on about loan players? Only 2 played yesterday, and one of those Stephens, you and the rest of us want back next season.

If we continue to play like we have done for the last 8 or so games, we will be in the mix for automatic promotion next season.
[quote][p][bold]harley red[/bold] wrote: Poor reporting the game was dull for long periods , both teams to blame for that . We need I strong number 9 able to control the ball when it's fired up front as smith has an awful first touch . I hope we have more Swindon players rather than loan no hopers , but would love to have Stevens on board with troy ,and hope we can keep hold of Wes. I also like Cox and I would not think he would be a high earner , and most of all I hope we get the ball forward and in the box quicker and more often , then it will be more entertaining[/p][/quote]Sometimes Harley, games don't have to be exciting to be enjoyable. Yesterday we had to be patient against a well drilled team that came for a draw, too reckless and we could have lost 1-0. Yes it was very tactical, but we were in control for most of the game. Successful teams will always have to grind out results sometime, and that's exactly how yesterday was. Why keep on about loan players? Only 2 played yesterday, and one of those Stephens, you and the rest of us want back next season. If we continue to play like we have done for the last 8 or so games, we will be in the mix for automatic promotion next season. Davidsyrett
  • Score: 10

1:19pm Tue 22 Apr 14

LeGod says...

Bradford came and parked the bus so we had to be patient to break them down and you would have though that as they are safe they would have just gone for it as they had nothing to lose but strange and boring tactics by their manager.
Well deserved win and probably should have been about 3-0 but for their keeper.
Glad Rafa got good applause always liked him and is quite a skilful player.
I thought Troy and Stephens are so good together and Jay and Branco both had good games. Pleased for Cox to get his goal and I think he has done well in all the games he has played in and has had a hard time since he signed for us and probably deserves another contract.
Really hope we can get Troy signed up and would be great to Stephens back for a season with us but I fear because of his very competent performances they may push up a league to get even more experience but I hope I'm wrong.
A comfortable win even though only 1-0 but Bradford offered nothing and just parked the bus.
Well done Town and we look so much more solid now with our back line and if only we had this defence a in January because with all the teams in the play off positions we would have nothing to fear from any of them as I don't think any of them are that good.
Still you never know with Peterborough Shrewsbury need a win and it could go to the last game yet as they say - its a funny old game.
Bradford came and parked the bus so we had to be patient to break them down and you would have though that as they are safe they would have just gone for it as they had nothing to lose but strange and boring tactics by their manager. Well deserved win and probably should have been about 3-0 but for their keeper. Glad Rafa got good applause always liked him and is quite a skilful player. I thought Troy and Stephens are so good together and Jay and Branco both had good games. Pleased for Cox to get his goal and I think he has done well in all the games he has played in and has had a hard time since he signed for us and probably deserves another contract. Really hope we can get Troy signed up and would be great to Stephens back for a season with us but I fear because of his very competent performances they may push up a league to get even more experience but I hope I'm wrong. A comfortable win even though only 1-0 but Bradford offered nothing and just parked the bus. Well done Town and we look so much more solid now with our back line and if only we had this defence a in January because with all the teams in the play off positions we would have nothing to fear from any of them as I don't think any of them are that good. Still you never know with Peterborough Shrewsbury need a win and it could go to the last game yet as they say - its a funny old game. LeGod
  • Score: 4

2:56pm Tue 22 Apr 14

harley red says...

Davidsyrett wrote:
harley red wrote:
Poor reporting the game was dull for long periods , both teams to blame for that . We need I strong number 9 able to control the ball when it's fired up front as smith has an awful first touch . I hope we have more Swindon players rather than loan no hopers , but would love to have Stevens on board with troy ,and hope we can keep hold of Wes. I also like Cox and I would not think he would be a high earner , and most of all I hope we get the ball forward and in the box quicker and more often , then it will be more entertaining
Sometimes Harley, games don't have to be exciting to be enjoyable. Yesterday we had to be patient against a well drilled team that came for a draw, too reckless and we could have lost 1-0. Yes it was very tactical, but we were in control for most of the game. Successful teams will always have to grind out results sometime, and that's exactly how yesterday was.

Why keep on about loan players? Only 2 played yesterday, and one of those Stephens, you and the rest of us want back next season.

If we continue to play like we have done for the last 8 or so games, we will be in the mix for automatic promotion next season.
Sorry don't agree with your analysis we buy our season ticket to be entertained , the crowd was flat as nothing to get excited about . But Cox scored a wonderful goal . All this talk about playoffs is a bit over the top if we got there and managed go go up how with very little money are we going to stay there ?
[quote][p][bold]Davidsyrett[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]harley red[/bold] wrote: Poor reporting the game was dull for long periods , both teams to blame for that . We need I strong number 9 able to control the ball when it's fired up front as smith has an awful first touch . I hope we have more Swindon players rather than loan no hopers , but would love to have Stevens on board with troy ,and hope we can keep hold of Wes. I also like Cox and I would not think he would be a high earner , and most of all I hope we get the ball forward and in the box quicker and more often , then it will be more entertaining[/p][/quote]Sometimes Harley, games don't have to be exciting to be enjoyable. Yesterday we had to be patient against a well drilled team that came for a draw, too reckless and we could have lost 1-0. Yes it was very tactical, but we were in control for most of the game. Successful teams will always have to grind out results sometime, and that's exactly how yesterday was. Why keep on about loan players? Only 2 played yesterday, and one of those Stephens, you and the rest of us want back next season. If we continue to play like we have done for the last 8 or so games, we will be in the mix for automatic promotion next season.[/p][/quote]Sorry don't agree with your analysis we buy our season ticket to be entertained , the crowd was flat as nothing to get excited about . But Cox scored a wonderful goal . All this talk about playoffs is a bit over the top if we got there and managed go go up how with very little money are we going to stay there ? harley red
  • Score: -8

4:08pm Tue 22 Apr 14

Davidsyrett says...

harley red wrote:
Davidsyrett wrote:
harley red wrote:
Poor reporting the game was dull for long periods , both teams to blame for that . We need I strong number 9 able to control the ball when it's fired up front as smith has an awful first touch . I hope we have more Swindon players rather than loan no hopers , but would love to have Stevens on board with troy ,and hope we can keep hold of Wes. I also like Cox and I would not think he would be a high earner , and most of all I hope we get the ball forward and in the box quicker and more often , then it will be more entertaining
Sometimes Harley, games don't have to be exciting to be enjoyable. Yesterday we had to be patient against a well drilled team that came for a draw, too reckless and we could have lost 1-0. Yes it was very tactical, but we were in control for most of the game. Successful teams will always have to grind out results sometime, and that's exactly how yesterday was.

Why keep on about loan players? Only 2 played yesterday, and one of those Stephens, you and the rest of us want back next season.

If we continue to play like we have done for the last 8 or so games, we will be in the mix for automatic promotion next season.
Sorry don't agree with your analysis we buy our season ticket to be entertained , the crowd was flat as nothing to get excited about . But Cox scored a wonderful goal . All this talk about playoffs is a bit over the top if we got there and managed go go up how with very little money are we going to stay there ?
It's an interesting point. do we buy season tickets to be entertained or to watch our team win? I thought this season would be a struggle to say the least, yet here we are with 2 games to go with an outside chance of promotion, I'm happy with that.

Power has always said he has backers that are interested in getting on board, as a championship club, it would be far more appealing that a 3rd tire one, yes we would probably struggle if we did go up but, we thought that this season, who knows? I would still rather go up this season and take our chances.
[quote][p][bold]harley red[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Davidsyrett[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]harley red[/bold] wrote: Poor reporting the game was dull for long periods , both teams to blame for that . We need I strong number 9 able to control the ball when it's fired up front as smith has an awful first touch . I hope we have more Swindon players rather than loan no hopers , but would love to have Stevens on board with troy ,and hope we can keep hold of Wes. I also like Cox and I would not think he would be a high earner , and most of all I hope we get the ball forward and in the box quicker and more often , then it will be more entertaining[/p][/quote]Sometimes Harley, games don't have to be exciting to be enjoyable. Yesterday we had to be patient against a well drilled team that came for a draw, too reckless and we could have lost 1-0. Yes it was very tactical, but we were in control for most of the game. Successful teams will always have to grind out results sometime, and that's exactly how yesterday was. Why keep on about loan players? Only 2 played yesterday, and one of those Stephens, you and the rest of us want back next season. If we continue to play like we have done for the last 8 or so games, we will be in the mix for automatic promotion next season.[/p][/quote]Sorry don't agree with your analysis we buy our season ticket to be entertained , the crowd was flat as nothing to get excited about . But Cox scored a wonderful goal . All this talk about playoffs is a bit over the top if we got there and managed go go up how with very little money are we going to stay there ?[/p][/quote]It's an interesting point. do we buy season tickets to be entertained or to watch our team win? I thought this season would be a struggle to say the least, yet here we are with 2 games to go with an outside chance of promotion, I'm happy with that. Power has always said he has backers that are interested in getting on board, as a championship club, it would be far more appealing that a 3rd tire one, yes we would probably struggle if we did go up but, we thought that this season, who knows? I would still rather go up this season and take our chances. Davidsyrett
  • Score: 4

5:37pm Tue 22 Apr 14

Swindonian63 says...

Davidsyrett wrote:
harley red wrote:
Davidsyrett wrote:
harley red wrote:
Poor reporting the game was dull for long periods , both teams to blame for that . We need I strong number 9 able to control the ball when it's fired up front as smith has an awful first touch . I hope we have more Swindon players rather than loan no hopers , but would love to have Stevens on board with troy ,and hope we can keep hold of Wes. I also like Cox and I would not think he would be a high earner , and most of all I hope we get the ball forward and in the box quicker and more often , then it will be more entertaining
Sometimes Harley, games don't have to be exciting to be enjoyable. Yesterday we had to be patient against a well drilled team that came for a draw, too reckless and we could have lost 1-0. Yes it was very tactical, but we were in control for most of the game. Successful teams will always have to grind out results sometime, and that's exactly how yesterday was.

Why keep on about loan players? Only 2 played yesterday, and one of those Stephens, you and the rest of us want back next season.

If we continue to play like we have done for the last 8 or so games, we will be in the mix for automatic promotion next season.
Sorry don't agree with your analysis we buy our season ticket to be entertained , the crowd was flat as nothing to get excited about . But Cox scored a wonderful goal . All this talk about playoffs is a bit over the top if we got there and managed go go up how with very little money are we going to stay there ?
It's an interesting point. do we buy season tickets to be entertained or to watch our team win? I thought this season would be a struggle to say the least, yet here we are with 2 games to go with an outside chance of promotion, I'm happy with that.

Power has always said he has backers that are interested in getting on board, as a championship club, it would be far more appealing that a 3rd tire one, yes we would probably struggle if we did go up but, we thought that this season, who knows? I would still rather go up this season and take our chances.
I'm reminded of a quote by Alan Durban when manager of Derby County (I think) after a particularly dire match:

'If you want entertainment, go to a circus'

A bit excessive but when a point is badly needed you can see where he was coming from. Getting the balance between entertainment and results is a fine line.
[quote][p][bold]Davidsyrett[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]harley red[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Davidsyrett[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]harley red[/bold] wrote: Poor reporting the game was dull for long periods , both teams to blame for that . We need I strong number 9 able to control the ball when it's fired up front as smith has an awful first touch . I hope we have more Swindon players rather than loan no hopers , but would love to have Stevens on board with troy ,and hope we can keep hold of Wes. I also like Cox and I would not think he would be a high earner , and most of all I hope we get the ball forward and in the box quicker and more often , then it will be more entertaining[/p][/quote]Sometimes Harley, games don't have to be exciting to be enjoyable. Yesterday we had to be patient against a well drilled team that came for a draw, too reckless and we could have lost 1-0. Yes it was very tactical, but we were in control for most of the game. Successful teams will always have to grind out results sometime, and that's exactly how yesterday was. Why keep on about loan players? Only 2 played yesterday, and one of those Stephens, you and the rest of us want back next season. If we continue to play like we have done for the last 8 or so games, we will be in the mix for automatic promotion next season.[/p][/quote]Sorry don't agree with your analysis we buy our season ticket to be entertained , the crowd was flat as nothing to get excited about . But Cox scored a wonderful goal . All this talk about playoffs is a bit over the top if we got there and managed go go up how with very little money are we going to stay there ?[/p][/quote]It's an interesting point. do we buy season tickets to be entertained or to watch our team win? I thought this season would be a struggle to say the least, yet here we are with 2 games to go with an outside chance of promotion, I'm happy with that. Power has always said he has backers that are interested in getting on board, as a championship club, it would be far more appealing that a 3rd tire one, yes we would probably struggle if we did go up but, we thought that this season, who knows? I would still rather go up this season and take our chances.[/p][/quote]I'm reminded of a quote by Alan Durban when manager of Derby County (I think) after a particularly dire match: 'If you want entertainment, go to a circus' A bit excessive but when a point is badly needed you can see where he was coming from. Getting the balance between entertainment and results is a fine line. Swindonian63
  • Score: 1

7:33pm Tue 22 Apr 14

TheDukeOfBanbury says...

Swindonian63 wrote:
Davidsyrett wrote:
harley red wrote:
Davidsyrett wrote:
harley red wrote:
Poor reporting the game was dull for long periods , both teams to blame for that . We need I strong number 9 able to control the ball when it's fired up front as smith has an awful first touch . I hope we have more Swindon players rather than loan no hopers , but would love to have Stevens on board with troy ,and hope we can keep hold of Wes. I also like Cox and I would not think he would be a high earner , and most of all I hope we get the ball forward and in the box quicker and more often , then it will be more entertaining
Sometimes Harley, games don't have to be exciting to be enjoyable. Yesterday we had to be patient against a well drilled team that came for a draw, too reckless and we could have lost 1-0. Yes it was very tactical, but we were in control for most of the game. Successful teams will always have to grind out results sometime, and that's exactly how yesterday was.

Why keep on about loan players? Only 2 played yesterday, and one of those Stephens, you and the rest of us want back next season.

If we continue to play like we have done for the last 8 or so games, we will be in the mix for automatic promotion next season.
Sorry don't agree with your analysis we buy our season ticket to be entertained , the crowd was flat as nothing to get excited about . But Cox scored a wonderful goal . All this talk about playoffs is a bit over the top if we got there and managed go go up how with very little money are we going to stay there ?
It's an interesting point. do we buy season tickets to be entertained or to watch our team win? I thought this season would be a struggle to say the least, yet here we are with 2 games to go with an outside chance of promotion, I'm happy with that.

Power has always said he has backers that are interested in getting on board, as a championship club, it would be far more appealing that a 3rd tire one, yes we would probably struggle if we did go up but, we thought that this season, who knows? I would still rather go up this season and take our chances.
I'm reminded of a quote by Alan Durban when manager of Derby County (I think) after a particularly dire match:

'If you want entertainment, go to a circus'

A bit excessive but when a point is badly needed you can see where he was coming from. Getting the balance between entertainment and results is a fine line.
If you want to go to a circus go to Oxford. A bit excessive but true !!
[quote][p][bold]Swindonian63[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Davidsyrett[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]harley red[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Davidsyrett[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]harley red[/bold] wrote: Poor reporting the game was dull for long periods , both teams to blame for that . We need I strong number 9 able to control the ball when it's fired up front as smith has an awful first touch . I hope we have more Swindon players rather than loan no hopers , but would love to have Stevens on board with troy ,and hope we can keep hold of Wes. I also like Cox and I would not think he would be a high earner , and most of all I hope we get the ball forward and in the box quicker and more often , then it will be more entertaining[/p][/quote]Sometimes Harley, games don't have to be exciting to be enjoyable. Yesterday we had to be patient against a well drilled team that came for a draw, too reckless and we could have lost 1-0. Yes it was very tactical, but we were in control for most of the game. Successful teams will always have to grind out results sometime, and that's exactly how yesterday was. Why keep on about loan players? Only 2 played yesterday, and one of those Stephens, you and the rest of us want back next season. If we continue to play like we have done for the last 8 or so games, we will be in the mix for automatic promotion next season.[/p][/quote]Sorry don't agree with your analysis we buy our season ticket to be entertained , the crowd was flat as nothing to get excited about . But Cox scored a wonderful goal . All this talk about playoffs is a bit over the top if we got there and managed go go up how with very little money are we going to stay there ?[/p][/quote]It's an interesting point. do we buy season tickets to be entertained or to watch our team win? I thought this season would be a struggle to say the least, yet here we are with 2 games to go with an outside chance of promotion, I'm happy with that. Power has always said he has backers that are interested in getting on board, as a championship club, it would be far more appealing that a 3rd tire one, yes we would probably struggle if we did go up but, we thought that this season, who knows? I would still rather go up this season and take our chances.[/p][/quote]I'm reminded of a quote by Alan Durban when manager of Derby County (I think) after a particularly dire match: 'If you want entertainment, go to a circus' A bit excessive but when a point is badly needed you can see where he was coming from. Getting the balance between entertainment and results is a fine line.[/p][/quote]If you want to go to a circus go to Oxford. A bit excessive but true !! TheDukeOfBanbury
  • Score: 1

7:41pm Tue 22 Apr 14

faceache58 says...

Sometimes the abuse our ex players receive is unjustified and embarrassing but the great reception given to Raffa DeVita when subbed yesterday was good to hear. Well done everyone.
Sometimes the abuse our ex players receive is unjustified and embarrassing but the great reception given to Raffa DeVita when subbed yesterday was good to hear. Well done everyone. faceache58
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8:11pm Tue 22 Apr 14

bearwoodred says...

faceache58 wrote:
Sometimes the abuse our ex players receive is unjustified and embarrassing but the great reception given to Raffa DeVita when subbed yesterday was good to hear. Well done everyone.
I agree Face - except for Prutton he's fair game in my book!!! Mind you Smithy being getting some horrible abuse recently and he plays for us!!
[quote][p][bold]faceache58[/bold] wrote: Sometimes the abuse our ex players receive is unjustified and embarrassing but the great reception given to Raffa DeVita when subbed yesterday was good to hear. Well done everyone.[/p][/quote]I agree Face - except for Prutton he's fair game in my book!!! Mind you Smithy being getting some horrible abuse recently and he plays for us!! bearwoodred
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8:55pm Tue 22 Apr 14

Swindonian63 says...

TheDukeOfBanbury wrote:
Swindonian63 wrote:
Davidsyrett wrote:
harley red wrote:
Davidsyrett wrote:
harley red wrote:
Poor reporting the game was dull for long periods , both teams to blame for that . We need I strong number 9 able to control the ball when it's fired up front as smith has an awful first touch . I hope we have more Swindon players rather than loan no hopers , but would love to have Stevens on board with troy ,and hope we can keep hold of Wes. I also like Cox and I would not think he would be a high earner , and most of all I hope we get the ball forward and in the box quicker and more often , then it will be more entertaining
Sometimes Harley, games don't have to be exciting to be enjoyable. Yesterday we had to be patient against a well drilled team that came for a draw, too reckless and we could have lost 1-0. Yes it was very tactical, but we were in control for most of the game. Successful teams will always have to grind out results sometime, and that's exactly how yesterday was.

Why keep on about loan players? Only 2 played yesterday, and one of those Stephens, you and the rest of us want back next season.

If we continue to play like we have done for the last 8 or so games, we will be in the mix for automatic promotion next season.
Sorry don't agree with your analysis we buy our season ticket to be entertained , the crowd was flat as nothing to get excited about . But Cox scored a wonderful goal . All this talk about playoffs is a bit over the top if we got there and managed go go up how with very little money are we going to stay there ?
It's an interesting point. do we buy season tickets to be entertained or to watch our team win? I thought this season would be a struggle to say the least, yet here we are with 2 games to go with an outside chance of promotion, I'm happy with that.

Power has always said he has backers that are interested in getting on board, as a championship club, it would be far more appealing that a 3rd tire one, yes we would probably struggle if we did go up but, we thought that this season, who knows? I would still rather go up this season and take our chances.
I'm reminded of a quote by Alan Durban when manager of Derby County (I think) after a particularly dire match:

'If you want entertainment, go to a circus'

A bit excessive but when a point is badly needed you can see where he was coming from. Getting the balance between entertainment and results is a fine line.
If you want to go to a circus go to Oxford. A bit excessive but true !!
Right on!
[quote][p][bold]TheDukeOfBanbury[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Swindonian63[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Davidsyrett[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]harley red[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Davidsyrett[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]harley red[/bold] wrote: Poor reporting the game was dull for long periods , both teams to blame for that . We need I strong number 9 able to control the ball when it's fired up front as smith has an awful first touch . I hope we have more Swindon players rather than loan no hopers , but would love to have Stevens on board with troy ,and hope we can keep hold of Wes. I also like Cox and I would not think he would be a high earner , and most of all I hope we get the ball forward and in the box quicker and more often , then it will be more entertaining[/p][/quote]Sometimes Harley, games don't have to be exciting to be enjoyable. Yesterday we had to be patient against a well drilled team that came for a draw, too reckless and we could have lost 1-0. Yes it was very tactical, but we were in control for most of the game. Successful teams will always have to grind out results sometime, and that's exactly how yesterday was. Why keep on about loan players? Only 2 played yesterday, and one of those Stephens, you and the rest of us want back next season. If we continue to play like we have done for the last 8 or so games, we will be in the mix for automatic promotion next season.[/p][/quote]Sorry don't agree with your analysis we buy our season ticket to be entertained , the crowd was flat as nothing to get excited about . But Cox scored a wonderful goal . All this talk about playoffs is a bit over the top if we got there and managed go go up how with very little money are we going to stay there ?[/p][/quote]It's an interesting point. do we buy season tickets to be entertained or to watch our team win? I thought this season would be a struggle to say the least, yet here we are with 2 games to go with an outside chance of promotion, I'm happy with that. Power has always said he has backers that are interested in getting on board, as a championship club, it would be far more appealing that a 3rd tire one, yes we would probably struggle if we did go up but, we thought that this season, who knows? I would still rather go up this season and take our chances.[/p][/quote]I'm reminded of a quote by Alan Durban when manager of Derby County (I think) after a particularly dire match: 'If you want entertainment, go to a circus' A bit excessive but when a point is badly needed you can see where he was coming from. Getting the balance between entertainment and results is a fine line.[/p][/quote]If you want to go to a circus go to Oxford. A bit excessive but true !![/p][/quote]Right on! Swindonian63
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8:57pm Tue 22 Apr 14

Swindonian63 says...

TheDukeOfBanbury wrote:
Swindonian63 wrote:
Davidsyrett wrote:
harley red wrote:
Davidsyrett wrote:
harley red wrote:
Poor reporting the game was dull for long periods , both teams to blame for that . We need I strong number 9 able to control the ball when it's fired up front as smith has an awful first touch . I hope we have more Swindon players rather than loan no hopers , but would love to have Stevens on board with troy ,and hope we can keep hold of Wes. I also like Cox and I would not think he would be a high earner , and most of all I hope we get the ball forward and in the box quicker and more often , then it will be more entertaining
Sometimes Harley, games don't have to be exciting to be enjoyable. Yesterday we had to be patient against a well drilled team that came for a draw, too reckless and we could have lost 1-0. Yes it was very tactical, but we were in control for most of the game. Successful teams will always have to grind out results sometime, and that's exactly how yesterday was.

Why keep on about loan players? Only 2 played yesterday, and one of those Stephens, you and the rest of us want back next season.

If we continue to play like we have done for the last 8 or so games, we will be in the mix for automatic promotion next season.
Sorry don't agree with your analysis we buy our season ticket to be entertained , the crowd was flat as nothing to get excited about . But Cox scored a wonderful goal . All this talk about playoffs is a bit over the top if we got there and managed go go up how with very little money are we going to stay there ?
It's an interesting point. do we buy season tickets to be entertained or to watch our team win? I thought this season would be a struggle to say the least, yet here we are with 2 games to go with an outside chance of promotion, I'm happy with that.

Power has always said he has backers that are interested in getting on board, as a championship club, it would be far more appealing that a 3rd tire one, yes we would probably struggle if we did go up but, we thought that this season, who knows? I would still rather go up this season and take our chances.
I'm reminded of a quote by Alan Durban when manager of Derby County (I think) after a particularly dire match:

'If you want entertainment, go to a circus'

A bit excessive but when a point is badly needed you can see where he was coming from. Getting the balance between entertainment and results is a fine line.
If you want to go to a circus go to Oxford. A bit excessive but true !!
Right on!
[quote][p][bold]TheDukeOfBanbury[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Swindonian63[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Davidsyrett[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]harley red[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Davidsyrett[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]harley red[/bold] wrote: Poor reporting the game was dull for long periods , both teams to blame for that . We need I strong number 9 able to control the ball when it's fired up front as smith has an awful first touch . I hope we have more Swindon players rather than loan no hopers , but would love to have Stevens on board with troy ,and hope we can keep hold of Wes. I also like Cox and I would not think he would be a high earner , and most of all I hope we get the ball forward and in the box quicker and more often , then it will be more entertaining[/p][/quote]Sometimes Harley, games don't have to be exciting to be enjoyable. Yesterday we had to be patient against a well drilled team that came for a draw, too reckless and we could have lost 1-0. Yes it was very tactical, but we were in control for most of the game. Successful teams will always have to grind out results sometime, and that's exactly how yesterday was. Why keep on about loan players? Only 2 played yesterday, and one of those Stephens, you and the rest of us want back next season. If we continue to play like we have done for the last 8 or so games, we will be in the mix for automatic promotion next season.[/p][/quote]Sorry don't agree with your analysis we buy our season ticket to be entertained , the crowd was flat as nothing to get excited about . But Cox scored a wonderful goal . All this talk about playoffs is a bit over the top if we got there and managed go go up how with very little money are we going to stay there ?[/p][/quote]It's an interesting point. do we buy season tickets to be entertained or to watch our team win? I thought this season would be a struggle to say the least, yet here we are with 2 games to go with an outside chance of promotion, I'm happy with that. Power has always said he has backers that are interested in getting on board, as a championship club, it would be far more appealing that a 3rd tire one, yes we would probably struggle if we did go up but, we thought that this season, who knows? I would still rather go up this season and take our chances.[/p][/quote]I'm reminded of a quote by Alan Durban when manager of Derby County (I think) after a particularly dire match: 'If you want entertainment, go to a circus' A bit excessive but when a point is badly needed you can see where he was coming from. Getting the balance between entertainment and results is a fine line.[/p][/quote]If you want to go to a circus go to Oxford. A bit excessive but true !![/p][/quote]Right on! Swindonian63
  • Score: 0

9:21am Wed 23 Apr 14

Stratton Joe says...

A good end to the season, I for one was worried about the run in after the Wolves game and had us down to just get 6 points to the end of the current campaign- glad to say i was hopelessly wrong!
Hopefully more of the same next year, have a spine of players we own and then bring in a few on a season long loan, hope the rumours are true and we can get Stephens for next year.
A good end to the season, I for one was worried about the run in after the Wolves game and had us down to just get 6 points to the end of the current campaign- glad to say i was hopelessly wrong! Hopefully more of the same next year, have a spine of players we own and then bring in a few on a season long loan, hope the rumours are true and we can get Stephens for next year. Stratton Joe
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