Fan view: Swindon's pleasure-seeking five-point plan
Town fan Nick Judd gives his two-pennyworth on how to take the Robins into the top half of the tableÃ¢ÂÂ¦
IÃ¢ÂÂm not saying I could do a better job than Robins boss Maurice Malpas... but I would do some things differently.
The ScotÃ¢ÂÂs future continues to come into question following the 3-3 draw at Hartlepool. Three goals away from home and a point at a stadium where few will do better is a good result, right?
Depends if your glass is half full or emptyÃ¢ÂÂ¦ we were three up with 40 minutes left, 3-2 up after 90 minutes. A three-goal lead suggests weÃ¢ÂÂre not far away from turning this dark corner, but hereÃ¢ÂÂs my five-point plan which I think would make our Saturday afternoons infinitely more pleasurableÃ¢ÂÂ¦
Simon Cox: Hat-trick at Hartlepool but Robins could only draw
Ministry of defenceStop the rot. Paul SturrockÃ¢ÂÂs Swindon didnÃ¢ÂÂt always play pretty football but they rarely conceded two or more. WeÃ¢ÂÂve conceded three goals four times this season already. Get a defensive coach Ã¢ÂÂ it worked for Luggy - and stop chopping and changing at the back. Jerel Ifil is the rock from which the side must be built upon. Pick him a partner and stick, not twist.
Brez is bestBring back Peter Brezovan in goal. Not all Town fans will agree Ã¢ÂÂ the wearer of the No.1 jersey is a topic that polarises opinion like few others Ã¢ÂÂ but the giant Slovakian is more consistent, boasts a greater presence than the diminutive Phil Smith and thereÃ¢ÂÂs a reason why he was on trial at Everton in 2007Ã¢ÂÂ¦
Win our home gamesThe County Ground isnÃ¢ÂÂt so much a fortress, more a makeshift tent. WeÃ¢ÂÂve lost three on the trot in our own back-yard and Ã¢ÂÂ like Everton Ã¢ÂÂ we canÃ¢ÂÂt buy a win. Some fans think the players are nervous. Defusing a bomb is nerve-wracking. Open heart surgery is nerve-wracking, not playing football in front of 6,500 fans. Roll the sleeves up, grind it out and the win will follow.
The County Ground. Fortress or makeshift tent?
Get McNamee to play awayOn his day Ã¢ÂÂ always at the County Ground Ã¢ÂÂ Anthony McNamee is untouchable. With more tricks than Paul Daniels, he can cut opposing defences in swathes. On the road he doesn't perform as effectively. Why? ThatÃ¢ÂÂs where Malpas should earn his money. IÃ¢ÂÂd play Mark Marshall on the other side, too. With him on one wing and Macca the other weÃ¢ÂÂd have a wingman combo of which Iceman Val Kilmer would be proud.
Stick togetherWeÃ¢ÂÂll never know if the players are behind Malpas, but as fans we can play a part. Booing or creating an atmosphere of uncertainty is counter-productive: fact. We should be loud and proud and make opposing players fear the County Ground, not our own.