EDITORS BLOG: BHA, Caddis, Oxford, Creepy Crawley
As I don`t publish on forums anymore, unless you follow me on Twitter (@STFC_Gazza), you won`t really know what I think so therefore I`ve decided to write an editors blog every week regarding the goings on at Swindon Town FC. I won`t pull any punches and you either like what I write or I don`t but of course, you are entitled to your opinion. Sign up for free below and leave your comments. Anyway onto version one.
Brighton & Hove Albion League Cup Match
Definitely a game of two halves. Coming into the match, I thought one of two things. 1) we are going to get absolutely spanked or 2) our home record was brilliant last year, PDC will ensure this carries on. Thankfully it was the latter but it didn`t always look this way. The first half we were chasing shadows, perhaps it was nerves or just getting acclimatised to our opposition. Heading into half time it was 0-0 and anyone`s game, Brighton of course looked more threatening. Whatever Paolo said at half time it certainly fired a rocket up the players backsides . Andy Williams showed why he was so effective and set up 2 great goals whilst newboy Alan Navarro scored a brace against his former side. Reliable veteran Paul Benson again scored and celebrated with his usual "arms out" celebration which was made famous against Wigan last season. Anyway we hold on to 3-0 and we all go home happy.
The Caddis situation is a strange one. No player is bigger than the club and this is unfortunately a story that had to be made public. If Caddis had been dropped as captain with no explanation there would have been uproar. PDC has come out and said he gave Caddis chance after chance to keep the captaincy but his mental and physical state was not where the Italian wanted it to be. I don`t believe anyone should drag anyones family into anything and think Paolo may have made poor judgement by bringing Caddis` family, daughter and girlfriend into the mix. Quite simply you don`t interfere with another mans family. Perhaps this was a culture difference. You could imagine if a player came out and made a comment about Paolo being angry or whatever last season due to the death of his father (and later mother). You just don`t go there. That said, Paul Caddis did himself no favours either. He went to the BBC and started saying Paolo shouldn`t have done this or that, and whilst there is an element of truth to that, Crossing PDC rarely has a happy ending so whilst you would defend your family, its human nature, less said the better I think. Now PDC dropping Caddis looks to be a footballing reason, whatever those reasons are, rightly or wrongly so you have to back Paolo on this one and stick with him. No room for sentiment really.
Oxford In The JPT
What a cracking tie. I don`t buy this rubbish that "its only the JPT, I don`t care". You do care and you know it. It`s only the JPT but we took 30,000 to Wembley come off it. If you can`t get excited about an away match against our local rivals then you won`t get excited about anything. The yellow bellies did the double over us and whilst we won the league, at the time those results hurt. Luckily Oxford were too worried about us they took their eyes off the ball and bottled making the playoffs. We will be their biggest match of the season, they will sell out (and would have done months ago if they knew they were playing us) and 65 year old prolific own-goalscorer Michael Duberry has already set his sights on us gobbing off on Twitter about beating us for a third time straight. Time to give the Oxford a footballing lesson.
In closing we take on Creepy Crawley tonight and as Paolo said, despite beating them twice last season, there are new players and fat boy Steve Evans is gone. Shame as it was great abusing the Michelin man throughout our 3-0 win. Evans` fascination with Swindon Town was almost as big as the yellow bellies down the A420. Anyway I think James Collins will get a chance to start tonight and I am going for a 3-1 home win.
COME ON YOU REDS
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