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Town fan Nick Judd gives his two-pennyworth on how to take the Robins into the top half of the table…
I’m not saying I could do a better job than Robins boss Maurice Malpas... but I would do some things differently.
The Scot’s 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 empty… we were three up with 40 minutes left, 3-2 up after 90 minutes. A three-goal lead suggests we’re not far away from turning this dark corner, but here’s my five-point plan which I think would make our Saturday afternoons infinitely more pleasurable…
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Ministry of defenceStop the rot. Paul Sturrock’s Swindon didn’t always play pretty football but they rarely conceded two or more. We’ve conceded three goals four times this season already. Get a defensive coach – 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 – the wearer of the No.1 jersey is a topic that polarises opinion like few others – but the giant Slovakian is more consistent, boasts a greater presence than the diminutive Phil Smith and there’s a reason why he was on trial at Everton in 2007…
Win our home gamesThe County Ground isn’t so much a fortress, more a makeshift tent. We’ve lost three on the trot in our own back-yard and – like Everton – we can’t 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.
Get McNamee to play awayOn his day – always at the County Ground – 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? That’s where Malpas should earn his money. I’d play Mark Marshall on the other side, too. With him on one wing and Macca the other we’d have a wingman combo of which Iceman Val Kilmer would be proud.
Stick togetherWe’ll 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.
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A good summary of where we are and what we need. Malpas'other major problem is lack of empathy with the fans due to his dour approach, lack of animation and good PR. When things are not going so well - as they have not been for a few weeks - it means he comes even more under scrutiny. He already has a lot of ground to make up and even a string of good results may not appease the disenchanted...
I think we could go on an unbeaten run untill christmas, lose on boxing day and some/most would still call for the chiefs scalp!
Many of us are expecting too much too soon, a victory over Hereford tonight should help player and supporter moral but both groups need to perform together at SN1.
I hope no-one at FourFourTwo is starting to regret joining us!
Fully agree Juddie.
The fans have short memories..we were the joint top scorers at home in this league last season. Hopefully one result will change the mood at the CG.
It's great to talk about football, than the off field troubles what was going on this time last year.People still forget that just before Fitton and co. took over ten months ago, we were probably days away from going out of business.
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