Late despair for Swindon but Robins on the rise
Town fan Nick Judd reflects on a pair of frustrating away trips...
The late shows...
Some teams are just good at closing games out, Swindon Town are not one of them.
The beads of sweat weÃ¢ÂÂve poured in watching Town trying to defend slender leads could fill the Caspian sea, and Tuesday nightÃ¢ÂÂs draw at Millwall was another example.
A point away at a top-six side though, like SaturdayÃ¢ÂÂs at pace-setters Leicester, is not to be sniffed at and weÃ¢ÂÂre now looking more like a team challenging at the top than one looking over our shoulder at the bottom.
Wilson cusses two points dropped at Leicester...
Still, it didnÃ¢ÂÂt prevent me from feeling pig sick (and guarding my valuables) leaving the New Den. This was the second time a last-gasp equaliser had prevented the Robins from a relegation-busting away win in four days, the fourth time this season. This is how Bill Murray must have felt on Groundhog Day, and IÃ¢ÂÂve been weary of putting my foot in an icy puddle all morning!
On Saturday, Leicester deserved a share of the spoils for laying siege to our goal in the gameÃ¢ÂÂs dying embers. But Millwall got lucky. The stats will tell you they had the lions share of the ball, but theyÃ¢ÂÂll also tell you they only had two tangible efforts on goal.
No wonder they've got one of the lowest home goal tallies in the division. Maybe MillwallÃ¢ÂÂs stay-away fans knew something we didnÃ¢ÂÂt!
I couldnÃ¢ÂÂt see Millwall coming back, and even when the fourth official held up four minutes of injury time, they had done little to suggest weÃ¢ÂÂd have our head in our hands. Our defence looked resilient, which is arguably Danny WilsonÃ¢ÂÂs greatest triumph so far as Town boss, while Peter Brezovan - back to his imperious best - was swatting chances away like annoying mosquitoes.
Wilson admitted it needed something special to breach our back line, and the goal that saved Kenny JackettÃ¢ÂÂs blushes was a contender for strike of the season: James Henry unleashing a 30-yard blockbuster into the top corner.
...and two more at Millwall
Only Swansea City and Morecambe have drawn more games than us, and if matches lasted 85 minutes weÃ¢ÂÂd have another nine points on the board which, considering our current form, wouldnÃ¢ÂÂt rule us out of nicking a play-off place.
Millwall, Leicester, Hartlepool (cheers Danny Wilson!), Bristol Rovers, Walsall and Peterborough have all punished us late on, while weÃ¢ÂÂve sneaked the odd late goal ourselves. Either way, maybe our fans should whistle a bit louder, or the players should work on not getting injured to prevent time being added on.
Wilson's a winner...
Danny Wilson has been an excellent appointment at the County Ground so far. Erudite, forthright and determined, heÃ¢ÂÂs instilled confidence and belief.
Players that were under-performing are now doing their bit, while some are even being played out of position and looking like world-beaters. And then thereÃ¢ÂÂs his delves in the loan market: Hal Robson-Kanu has impressed while Gordon Greer has been such an exciting find those bods on Time Team couldnÃ¢ÂÂt do better. Sign him up Danny!
Well done Sam...
Congratulations to Super Sammy Parkin and Luton Town for making it to Wembley in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy final.
SamÃ¢ÂÂs endured tough times since leaving us and few fans deserve an afternoon in the sun more than the HattersÃ¢ÂÂ faithful.
Super Sam (L) and Luton: Wembley-bound