DAN THE FAN: Conflicting views on Town’s style of play
2:00pm Thursday 10th October 2013 in Sport
DESPITE Town’s decent start to the season, there are still plenty of fans that need convincing on the team’s style of play.
As I left the County Ground following Tuesday’s win over Plymouth the mood didn’t seem to be a happy one.
It was more of frustration that we didn’t kill the game off when we had the chance.
Other fans are excited by our current brand of football, and can’t wait to watch Town play again.
I’ve never heard such polarised opinions on this issue.
I can understand both sides of the argument but, after watching us improve as a team from the opening day of the season until now, we have to stick with the current system.
Defensively we still need to make big improvements, but some of the attacking football on display has been brilliant to watch.
When fully fit, our midfield of Yaser Kasim, Mass Luongo and Ryan Mason, with Alex Pritchard and Nathan Byrne out wide, has been one of the best line-ups we’ve seen in many years at the club.
As expected on Tuesday night, Town made a number of first-team changes, which included debuts to a couple of players, and the return of Lee Cox.
Both Tyrell Belford and Raphael Rossi Branco made their first starts in a Town shirt.
Back-up keeper Belford had a good first game and looks a decent player, but Branco endured a torrid first 45 minutes and only slightly improved in the second half.
Hopefully his poor debut was just down to nerves and lack of game time.
Jack Barthram made his second start of the season and tormented the Plymouth defence the entire first half.
It is unlikely he will replace Nathan Thompson on a regular basis, but he must have made an excellent impression on manager Mark Cooper.
This Saturday, Swindon travel to face League One’s surprise package Rotherham.
Given Town’s poor run of results on the road, a win looks unlikely, but if Swindon reproduce their Wolves performance we will leave Yorkshire with at least a point.