Town's football is making heads turn

Andy Williams celebrates his goal in Saturday's 1-0 win over Crewe

Andy Williams celebrates his goal in Saturday's 1-0 win over Crewe

First published in Sport The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Photograph of the Author by , Sports reporter

LOUIS Thompson believes that Swindon Town’s possession football is making the people sit up and take notice of them.

The midfielder returned to Mark Cooper’s squad on Saturday, after serving a one-match ban, to play in the 2-0 success over Crewe Alexandra that came thanks to a sublime free-kick from Yaser Kasim and a neat finish from Andy Williams .

The 19-year-old feels that their patient display against the side that now resides at the foot of the League One sends out a message to the rest of the division.

“I think we have shown what we can do. People can come with different game plans on how to stop us, but we believe in ourselves,” Thompson told the Advertiser.

“We train on how to play, how to create angles for each other, I think that has shown out there.

“Our possession stats have been very, very good this season - I think that will be an omen for the rest of the season.”

Thompson felt that, while Town took their time in getting going, they are showing just how well they are passing the ball.

“I think they (Crewe) came out and pressed us all over the pitch. As soon as we adjusted to that the boys coped with it very well,” he said.

“We have started the season very well, we are creating a big of name for ourselves as a passing team – long may it continue.”

The victory over Crewe maintain Town’s 100 per cent home record this term and Thompson is looking to build on the success that has moved Swindon into sixth place League One.

“It is a brilliant start to the season,” he said. “It couldn’t have gone any better I think.

“We got a bit unlucky at Crawley, then at Gillingham – how we drew that I don’t know – that is football. Then a win today and hopefully we can (now) start getting a few under our belts.”

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8:14am Mon 25 Aug 14

port de soller says...

To start with into season 4 games 2 wins /1 draw/ 1 loss,aints so bad at all
Yet is not the time to get carried away,let´s hope they can continue.There young/fit and look as if they want to win.
I think most fans know we need a C/B who can work with our young squad and possibly a striker.
See Jack Stephens was not included in Sothamptons teamlast week and they just paid out megal millions for a C/B.So who know¨s we may have a chance still to get hiAs said just think these youngsters have doneOK so lads keep your feet on the ground work as you have done and we will finish in a dect spot in the leauge this season
GO REDS
To start with into season 4 games 2 wins /1 draw/ 1 loss,aints so bad at all Yet is not the time to get carried away,let´s hope they can continue.There young/fit and look as if they want to win. I think most fans know we need a C/B who can work with our young squad and possibly a striker. See Jack Stephens was not included in Sothamptons teamlast week and they just paid out megal millions for a C/B.So who know¨s we may have a chance still to get hiAs said just think these youngsters have doneOK so lads keep your feet on the ground work as you have done and we will finish in a dect spot in the leauge this season GO REDS port de soller
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9:41am Mon 25 Aug 14

Stilloyal says...

It's not time yet to get carried away as we've only played 4 games and the best of these was an average creepy Crawley.
We do play good possession football no doubt about that but I still think we could be more decisive in the last third and our defence has not yet been really tested against a decent team.

Crewe are where they deserve to be, they are the most boring and negative team I've ever seen. On Saturday it took them 80 minutes to have their one and only shot at goal, I don't think that it'll be too long before they drag good old Dario Gradi back out of retirement. I don't understand why even at 0-2 they still put everyone behind the ball instead of attacking.
Tomorrow should be a decent test providing that Brighton put out a decent team . Saturday should be a more entertaining game and worth paying the entrance fee for. If I was a Crewe S/T holder I'd be asking for my money back !
It's not time yet to get carried away as we've only played 4 games and the best of these was an average creepy Crawley. We do play good possession football no doubt about that but I still think we could be more decisive in the last third and our defence has not yet been really tested against a decent team. Crewe are where they deserve to be, they are the most boring and negative team I've ever seen. On Saturday it took them 80 minutes to have their one and only shot at goal, I don't think that it'll be too long before they drag good old Dario Gradi back out of retirement. I don't understand why even at 0-2 they still put everyone behind the ball instead of attacking. Tomorrow should be a decent test providing that Brighton put out a decent team . Saturday should be a more entertaining game and worth paying the entrance fee for. If I was a Crewe S/T holder I'd be asking for my money back ! Stilloyal
  • Score: 2

9:57am Mon 25 Aug 14

Penhill54 says...

I am sure I am not the only one who has noticed our two home wins were against the teams currently at the bottom of the league with only one point between them. We need to beat these teams but lets not get carried away with the easy victories. Scunthorpe were very poor but could easily have been 4 - 2 up before we scored our third. Crewe had absolutely nothing to offer and if Smith's effort that hit the bar had gone in, the score line could have looked a little more respectful. November looks an interesting month of fixtures with home games against Bristol and Fleetwood and away games at MK Dons and Peterborough. If we are still in the top six then, I will be very happy.
I am sure I am not the only one who has noticed our two home wins were against the teams currently at the bottom of the league with only one point between them. We need to beat these teams but lets not get carried away with the easy victories. Scunthorpe were very poor but could easily have been 4 - 2 up before we scored our third. Crewe had absolutely nothing to offer and if Smith's effort that hit the bar had gone in, the score line could have looked a little more respectful. November looks an interesting month of fixtures with home games against Bristol and Fleetwood and away games at MK Dons and Peterborough. If we are still in the top six then, I will be very happy. Penhill54
  • Score: 7

10:32am Mon 25 Aug 14

Robinonfire says...

Brighton and Coventry will be a much harder test....I think Thompson is getting carried away.
Brighton and Coventry will be a much harder test....I think Thompson is getting carried away. Robinonfire
  • Score: -6

10:54am Mon 25 Aug 14

Wigmeister says...

Great start to the season, but still a long way to go. Beating the likes of Scunthorpe & Crewe at home in August is totally different to playing Coventry, Bristol City, Sheff Utd, etc during the autumn & winter months. That said, the players & manager have a good attitude and appear to work well together. The fans need to stick with them. And delighted to see & hear the new PA system in the Don Rogers Stand on Saturday. We've been complaining about it for years so about time too. Pity it took the Adver's story last week to push this along though.
Great start to the season, but still a long way to go. Beating the likes of Scunthorpe & Crewe at home in August is totally different to playing Coventry, Bristol City, Sheff Utd, etc during the autumn & winter months. That said, the players & manager have a good attitude and appear to work well together. The fans need to stick with them. And delighted to see & hear the new PA system in the Don Rogers Stand on Saturday. We've been complaining about it for years so about time too. Pity it took the Adver's story last week to push this along though. Wigmeister
  • Score: 2

11:29am Mon 25 Aug 14

smirg kcab says...

Sorry chaps don't agree with any of the above.
Crewe scunny brizzy sheff or who ever, they are all hard games and all beatable, so just play like we have been and they will be more worried about us, can't understand why people think Coventry are a good side? Without Clarke and Wilson, I bet the posters above can't mention one player who plays for them without looking it up?
Onwards and upwards
The futures cooper
We are all in this together
Coymr
Sorry chaps don't agree with any of the above. Crewe scunny brizzy sheff or who ever, they are all hard games and all beatable, so just play like we have been and they will be more worried about us, can't understand why people think Coventry are a good side? Without Clarke and Wilson, I bet the posters above can't mention one player who plays for them without looking it up? Onwards and upwards The futures cooper We are all in this together Coymr smirg kcab
  • Score: -3

7:22pm Mon 25 Aug 14

dazzastfc says...

So far we have played 4 teams and lets not kid ourselves none of them will be in the top 10...
Are next 8 games are
Coventry H...
C/Field A
Bradford A..
Oldham H..
Sheff Utd A..
Barnsley A
Orient A..
Preston H..
Lets just see where we are then as loads of fans and 1 or 2 players are getting a bit carried away....

I am expecting at least 12 points BUT would love more
So far we have played 4 teams and lets not kid ourselves none of them will be in the top 10... Are next 8 games are Coventry H... C/Field A Bradford A.. Oldham H.. Sheff Utd A.. Barnsley A Orient A.. Preston H.. Lets just see where we are then as loads of fans and 1 or 2 players are getting a bit carried away.... I am expecting at least 12 points BUT would love more dazzastfc
  • Score: -1

8:11pm Mon 25 Aug 14

dazzastfc says...

smirg kcab wrote:
Sorry chaps don't agree with any of the above.
Crewe scunny brizzy sheff or who ever, they are all hard games and all beatable, so just play like we have been and they will be more worried about us, can't understand why people think Coventry are a good side? Without Clarke and Wilson, I bet the posters above can't mention one player who plays for them without looking it up?
Onwards and upwards
The futures cooper
We are all in this together
Coymr
Coventry are not a good side and I expect STFC to beat them very very easily
[quote][p][bold]smirg kcab[/bold] wrote: Sorry chaps don't agree with any of the above. Crewe scunny brizzy sheff or who ever, they are all hard games and all beatable, so just play like we have been and they will be more worried about us, can't understand why people think Coventry are a good side? Without Clarke and Wilson, I bet the posters above can't mention one player who plays for them without looking it up? Onwards and upwards The futures cooper We are all in this together Coymr[/p][/quote]Coventry are not a good side and I expect STFC to beat them very very easily dazzastfc
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8:38pm Mon 25 Aug 14

Di kanny oh says...

Penhill54 wrote:
I am sure I am not the only one who has noticed our two home wins were against the teams currently at the bottom of the league with only one point between them. We need to beat these teams but lets not get carried away with the easy victories. Scunthorpe were very poor but could easily have been 4 - 2 up before we scored our third. Crewe had absolutely nothing to offer and if Smith's effort that hit the bar had gone in, the score line could have looked a little more respectful. November looks an interesting month of fixtures with home games against Bristol and Fleetwood and away games at MK Dons and Peterborough. If we are still in the top six then, I will be very happy.
We've struggled in the past against lower teams and always had a poor record against Gillingham yet have done much better this season. I'm not predicting anything until Christmas really as that will give us a good few games before making judgments. Injuries and suspensions will be our main problem I feel with such a small squad. Lets hope Power is casting his magic as we certainly are flying close to the edge.
[quote][p][bold]Penhill54[/bold] wrote: I am sure I am not the only one who has noticed our two home wins were against the teams currently at the bottom of the league with only one point between them. We need to beat these teams but lets not get carried away with the easy victories. Scunthorpe were very poor but could easily have been 4 - 2 up before we scored our third. Crewe had absolutely nothing to offer and if Smith's effort that hit the bar had gone in, the score line could have looked a little more respectful. November looks an interesting month of fixtures with home games against Bristol and Fleetwood and away games at MK Dons and Peterborough. If we are still in the top six then, I will be very happy.[/p][/quote]We've struggled in the past against lower teams and always had a poor record against Gillingham yet have done much better this season. I'm not predicting anything until Christmas really as that will give us a good few games before making judgments. Injuries and suspensions will be our main problem I feel with such a small squad. Lets hope Power is casting his magic as we certainly are flying close to the edge. Di kanny oh
  • Score: 4

9:45am Tue 26 Aug 14

hertz says...

Must admit my thinking was as above two teams beaten that are bottom of the table , but we have slipped up against those in the past .My only real concern is despite the wins it just does'nt get the fans on the edge of the seat and its really difficult to get any real chant going , its just so dull IMO
Must admit my thinking was as above two teams beaten that are bottom of the table , but we have slipped up against those in the past .My only real concern is despite the wins it just does'nt get the fans on the edge of the seat and its really difficult to get any real chant going , its just so dull IMO hertz
  • Score: 0

10:00am Tue 26 Aug 14

Swindon1984 says...

smirg kcab wrote:
Sorry chaps don't agree with any of the above. Crewe scunny brizzy sheff or who ever, they are all hard games and all beatable, so just play like we have been and they will be more worried about us, can't understand why people think Coventry are a good side? Without Clarke and Wilson, I bet the posters above can't mention one player who plays for them without looking it up? Onwards and upwards The futures cooper We are all in this together Coymr
You can't win Grim, even with probably the most positive comments you've made in years it's still a minus 2. Must be hard not to take it personally!

You're right to some degree, it's the sort of league where anyone can beat anyone and we do get weird results now and again.

A big complaint last season (quite rightly in my view) is that we turned out for the big games and dropped points against poor opposition. Beating two poor teams at home, fair enough not to get carried away, but also must be noted that we dropped points in these sorts of games last season (Oldham being the worst home game for me if memory recalls, terrible performance and defeat) - the fact that we're now killing these teams off, and also not rolling over away (the Crawley defeat was a narrow one and could've gone either way) has to be a positive sign.

As for Coventry, we played pretty poorly against them last year and still managed a narrow win as Clarke missed a hat of chances on the day, hopefully he'll have a nightmare Saturday also. Can't wait, hoping for decent weather though as the pitch could be a quagmire with the rain we're getting at the moment.
[quote][p][bold]smirg kcab[/bold] wrote: Sorry chaps don't agree with any of the above. Crewe scunny brizzy sheff or who ever, they are all hard games and all beatable, so just play like we have been and they will be more worried about us, can't understand why people think Coventry are a good side? Without Clarke and Wilson, I bet the posters above can't mention one player who plays for them without looking it up? Onwards and upwards The futures cooper We are all in this together Coymr[/p][/quote]You can't win Grim, even with probably the most positive comments you've made in years it's still a minus 2. Must be hard not to take it personally! You're right to some degree, it's the sort of league where anyone can beat anyone and we do get weird results now and again. A big complaint last season (quite rightly in my view) is that we turned out for the big games and dropped points against poor opposition. Beating two poor teams at home, fair enough not to get carried away, but also must be noted that we dropped points in these sorts of games last season (Oldham being the worst home game for me if memory recalls, terrible performance and defeat) - the fact that we're now killing these teams off, and also not rolling over away (the Crawley defeat was a narrow one and could've gone either way) has to be a positive sign. As for Coventry, we played pretty poorly against them last year and still managed a narrow win as Clarke missed a hat of chances on the day, hopefully he'll have a nightmare Saturday also. Can't wait, hoping for decent weather though as the pitch could be a quagmire with the rain we're getting at the moment. Swindon1984
  • Score: 2
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