DAN THE FAN: Cup joy sparks memories of 2011
3:00pm Thursday 29th August 2013 in Latest Sport News
In August 2011 Paolo Di Canio’s League Two Swindon Town side visited a Championship club in the League Cup after a poor start to the season.
Against the odds Town ran out worthy victors that night, our former manager’s time at Swindon was turned on its head and we went onto big success that season. Sound familiar?
I’m not suggesting we’ll go onto win the league, but Tuesday night was essential for our season, and the new manager Mark Cooper.
Since his appointment, most fans react to his name with a shrug of the shoulders, and an unimpressed look across their face, including myself.
I still hold some reservations, but I’m pleased my initial thought that the guy isn’t good enough for Swindon was wrong.
Hopefully, just as Paolo’s fortunes at Town dramatically improved after a unexpected League Cup win, so will Mark Cooper’s.
Tuesday night was a great one to be a Town fan, we were by far the better team in the first half, they battered us in the second but, at the end of it, we came out on top.
Hopefully, by the time you read this, Town would have completed the signings of at least one striker, possibly two.
Both Peterborough’s Emile Sinclair and Millwall’s Dany N’Guessan have been linked with Town over the past few days and a deal for both would be a real coup for the club.
With Town only having two recognisable first team strikers at the club bringing in at least one more before the transfer window shuts is vital.
This Saturday Town welcome Crewe to the County Ground knowing they have to maintain the winning mentality gained in London.
Crewe and Town have had identical starts to the season and both sit on four points, just three points away from both the playoffs and the relegation zone.
With September being a difficult month for Town, a win on Saturday would perfectly set them up for the hard month ahead.
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