Thursday, August 25, 2011

Town Through To Round Two

Swindon's win over Bristol City showed the world that three days in football is a very long time. Town fans were left distraught following a derby day defeat at the hands of Oxford. However, our mood has been lifted through the roof following a shock 1-0 victory at Ashton Gate.

Our third consecutive defeat on Sunday saw fans doubting just if, Paolo Di Canio was made out for this managerial lark. Fast forward three days, Di Canio masters a shock victory against rivals Bristol City and the fans love him, once more.

Paolo Di Canio has been somewhat of a tinker man thus far, not yet keeping the same XI for consecutive matches, trying to find the winning formula. Lander Gabilondo and Alan Connell came in for Etienne Ejasas and Raffaele De Vita, respectively.

It was De Vita who scored the only goal of the game, following good work from the Spaniard Lander Gabilondo. In truth, the win was fully deserved, with Leon Clarke and Matt Ritchie, previously having fantastic chances to score themselves.

Town's dominance meant Bristol City's chances were limited, with Brett Pitman being the most likely to have scored for the hosts. Bristol City manager Keith Millen blasted his team's performance as embarrassing.

The score line was obviously impressive, but it was the performance that has been most pleasing. The combination of solid defensive work, a first goal for De Vita and dominance in midfield, were all indeed very pleasing. Optimism – something that has been lost since our win versus Crewe has now resurfaced.

Initially, called off three weeks previous as a result of civil unrest, the wait to play at Ashton Gate proved to be more than worth it. Next up in the League Cup is a home tie versus Southampton, where Paolo Di Canio's team will be looking for another Championship scalp.

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