Vital Football

Latest Swindon Town News

STFC: Unbeaten Run Ends

STFC: Unbeaten Run Ends

Would it be harsh to say that this was on the cards?

I'm not going to type a completely critical piece here because we've just enjoyed an unbeaten run in the league of eleven matches - compared to last seasons effort that's some achievement.

Unfortunately far too many of them were draws. After the 5-0 drubbing at Gillingham (which seems an eternity ago now), we've beaten Southampton, Southend United, Yeovil Town and Brentford - but we drew with the following...

Draw 1: 0-0 Milton Keynes Dons

(Home) Decent result given the Gillingham result days before.

Draw 2: 2-2 Oldham Athletic

(Away) We scored in injury time and then conceded in injury time - disappointing although it was a 'freak' equaliser.

Draw 3: 1-1 Colchester United

(Home) We fell behind but equalised just before half-time. Colchester are a good side so it would be unfair to bemoan this result.

Draw 4: 1-1 Walsall

(Away) A late equaliser by Billy Paynter gave Swindon a good point away.

Draw 5: 1-1 Wycombe Wanderers

(Home) A home draw against a struggling side - the equaliser came in the 89th minute. Not good.

Draw 6: 1-1 Exeter City

(Away) Reasonably comfortable throughout - conceded in the 87th minute. Disappointing.

Draw 7: 1-1 Millwall

(Home) In truth, it was a good result despite conceding late-on AGAIN.

So there we have it. I believe the problem many will have is that four of those results occurred at the County Ground where we should be trying to get maximum points.

However, at the start of the campaign I believe that the majority would have taken away draws against sides like Oldham and Walsall and that many wouldn't have bemoaned home draws against MK, Colchester and Millwall either.

So for me, only Wycombe and Exeter were truly poor results.

The real negative is perhaps our depth, especially post-January when Obadeyi, Hutchinson, Revell and Ferry have gone. Firstly, many would state that they wouldn't be massively concerned if all of them returned to their full-time employers - only Simon Ferry has shown any real consistancy whereas Tope Obadeyi has shown signs and Ben Hutchinson has sadly looked like a man who feels he shouldn't be playing in League One.

Again on the notion of squad depth, many have observed that Jonathan Douglas' absence was worryingly clear against Hartlepool. He is a great player but we cannot rely on him to the point where nobody can fill the void when he is unavailable.

It was kind of surprising to see Michael Timlin and Craig Easton sat on the bench together today, I would have preferred to see one of those two players cover the Irishman but I'm a football fan not a coach.

Next up we have Norwich City, we're lacking clinical finishing up front and there's only so much the defence can do. It's up to players like Ferry, McGovern and McNamee to create more. Wilson hasn't found his ideal strikeforce (which is also a worry) yet but they must also get in the box more and take their chances.

Results went Swindon's way today but if we start losing we will drop like a stone and we'll be in the similar situation to last season.

On a side note: I tuned into Sky Sports this week to see our 15 year old 'whizkid' Alex Henshall in action - he was the stand-out player on the pitch by a distance and this was ackowledged by the pundits. He's far too young and probably nowhere near ready but his vision and crossing was really impressive - would it be the worst decision in the world to stick him on that 7-man bench and perhaps if we're in need of a bit of creativity stick him on for 10-15 minutes? I don't think.


Join Vital Swindon!

With news and views, along with a forum, polls and article comments, everything you need in a fans site is right here!

You can even win prizes, by posting articles comments, posting on the message forum and voting on the polls.

Vital is also 100% interactive. Not only can you have your say on the articles and the forum but you can also suggest an article or a poll so you can air your views.

So why not join Vital today?

It's easy to register here and enjoy getting involved

Message Board

To visit the message board, click here.

Get involved

This website is your website and we are looking for people to help run the site. Do you go to most of the games and have an opinion? Why not write a match report? Perhaps you are a budding journalist or even just someone who is very opinionated? Well why not join our team? If this interests you please contact Vital Swindon.



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Nellup
Date:Saturday October 17 2009
Time: 8:03PM

Login to post a comment

Recent Swindon Town Articles

500,000+ Season Tickets Sold In 2016/17

More than 500,000 Season Tickets were sold in the Football League pyramid for the 2016/17 season.

How Do Swindon Fare In The BBC's 2016 Survey?

The BBC's Price Of Football survey for 2016 was released a week last Wednesday evening and as ever they looked at everything from the price of tickets through to the price of pies...

Smith In Team Of The Week (28/11/16)

Swindon Town are represented in the latest Football League team of the week that has been selected after this week's action.

1% Rise In Arrest Figures For 2015/16

The Home Office have now released the figures for last season when it comes to arrests at grounds and football banning orders - and it's largely good news.

Archived Vital Swindon Articles

Vital Swindon articles from

Site Journalists

Write for Vital Swindon
Write For Vital Swindon
Apply Here

Current Poll (see more polls)

Where do you think Swindon Town will finish in 2016/17?
Suggested By:
Champions5%
Playoffs28%
Mid Table36%
Relegated31%
Don't Know0%

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Scunthorpe 20 13 5 2 44 24
2 Bolton 20 12 4 4 40 12
3 Sheff Utd 20 11 5 4 38 12
4 Bradford 20 9 8 3 35 9
5 Rochdale 20 9 3 8 30 2
6 Peterborough 19 8 5 6 29 7
7 Wimbledon 20 7 8 5 29 6
8 Fleetwood 20 8 5 7 29 5
9 Millwall 19 8 4 7 28 1
10 Southend 20 7 7 6 28 -1
11 Charlton 19 6 9 4 27 7
12 Port Vale 20 7 6 7 27 -5
13 Bristol Rovers 20 7 6 7 27 -6
14 Oxford 20 7 5 8 26 0
15 Gillingham 20 7 5 8 26 -3
16 Walsall 20 6 8 6 26 -5
17 Northampton 20 6 6 8 24 0
18 Swindon 20 6 5 9 23 -7
19 MK Dons 20 5 6 9 21 -5
20 Bury 20 6 2 12 20 -10
21 Coventry 20 4 7 9 19 -8
22 Chesterfield 20 5 3 12 18 -10
23 Oldham 19 3 8 8 17 -10
24 Shrewsbury 20 3 6 11 15 -15
The Vital Football Members League
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Vital Football Comment

Recent Swindon Town Results (view all)

Swindon Town Fixtures (view all)

Dec 10 2016 3:00PM : Sheffield United (a)
Sky Bet League One
Dec 17 2016 3:00PM : Fleetwood Town (H)
Sky Bet League One
Dec 26 2016 3:00PM : Millwall (a)
Sky Bet League One
Dec 30 2016 7:45PM : Milton Keynes Dons (a)
Sky Bet League One
Jan 2 2017 3:00PM : Southend United (H)
Sky Bet League One
Jan 7 2017 3:00PM : Shrewsbury Town (H)
Sky Bet League One
Write for Vital Football