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Swindon Town fans are full of pride for players who took on the might Chelsea
9:22am Wednesday 25th September 2013 in News
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SUPPORTERS left the County Ground with a sense of pride and relief as Swindon Town lost out by just two goals to former European champions Chelsea in the Capital One Cup last night.
As Chelsea failed to hit top gear, the Robins stood up to the plate and delivered a fluid passing game, which dazzled supporters and kept spirits high until Fernando Torres poked home inside 30 minutes.
Feedback after the match though, was generally positive, as the home side avoided the six or seven goal whitewash many fans had expected.
Ashley Tonge, 29, of Pioneer Close, said: “It’s been better than I expected. I didn’t think we’d actually play as well as we have.
“I’d put a bet on it being 4-0 to Chelsea, but this has turned out to be a very respectable result, especially when you look at the millions which have been spent on the Chelsea team.
“I’ve not seen the ground this busy before; games with Oxford or Bristol City are about as close as we get to this, but even then there are some empty seats.
“I was gobsmacked they put Torres and Mata up front, and then throw Terry on at the back in the second half.”
Rob Goodall, 43, of Whitworth Road, said: “Swindon played brilliantly. Chelsea were quite good, but I think Swindon should have had a couple of goals. I think they played like a Premier League side.
“I think Chelsea thought it’d be six or seven-nil and it wasn’t.”
Dave Farrimond, 67, of Moredon, said: “It was a good game, but we got out-played for a lot of the time. Chelsea were just sitting there waiting to take their own chances.”
Ben Selwood, 19, of Grange Park, said: “We weren’t going to win, but I thought they put on a good display and they definitely didn’t let the team down.”
There were nearly 15,000 fans packed into the ground, with just over 3,000 from Chelsea, which combined to create a raucous atmosphere.
Fans were charged £25 to attend the match, but Ben felt the night was good value and certainly kept him entertained.
“It was a good night out. I thought they put on a good show,” he said.
Jose Mourinho went with a stronger line-up than many Town fans expected, including World Cup winners Juan Mata and Fernando Torres, though home supporters were pleased with the respect the Portuguese paid the County Ground.
“I was a bit concerned about him putting out a weak side,” said Carly Embling, 33, of Whiteman Street.
“It wasn’t their strongest, but he showed respect to the tie.
“You could just see the difference in class between the two sets of players throughout. It was a pleasure to watch so much quality.”
And where fans couldn’t get tickets to watch the match, they went along to their local pubs to watch it on TV.
Many pubs in the town were packed with fans cheering on Town.
And it was an especially tense night for Howard Taylor, who runs the Steam Railway in Old Town.
The Chelsea fan promised to buy every Adver reader a drink if Town beat his beloved team – and he heaved a huge sigh of relief at the final outcome.
It was all in a night’s work for the Special One
IT was very much a game of two halves for the special one, or happy one, whichever it is now.
Jose Mourinho arrived at the County Ground in a tracksuit, the expensive suit had seemingly been left at the dry cleaners as the Portuguese felt the dugout was worthy only of his sweaty training gear. The tracksuit acted as nothing more than a body warmer in the second half as he remained cross-armed for the entirety of the second 45 minutes, with the match all but won.
Those spying the two-time Champions League winner would have noted his slightly more extrovert behaviour in the first-half, as Alex Pritchard & co rattled a few cages.
Much of his gesticulating was aimed towards his right-sided players, who consistently drifted inwards, failing to provide the width their manager craved. He leapt out of his chair only twice, and on both occasions his anger was aimed at the referee’s assistant and some dodgy calls on a couple of free-kicks.
There was no reaction for Fernando Torres’s goal, but he did make a point of waiting for his £50m Spaniard before he left the field at half-time, with a shake of the hand.
Big night out for Aemilia
WINNER of the Adver’s mascot competition for last night’s big match, Aemilia Moore, now wants to lead out her team to a sell-out crowd every day.
Aemilia, eight, led out her beloved Robins in front of nearly 15,000 chanting fans, and was given the chance to take a penalty during the half-time interval too.
Speaking after the match, as Aemilia waited to meet the players, her mother Misty, 26, of Ulysses Road said: “She loved it. She absolutely loved it and wants to do it every day now.
“I don’t even know who it was she walked out with. I was trying to film her as she came out, but there were so many photographers and police I couldn’t even see.
“She’d been really worried about the crowd, but once she met the other mascots she seemed to loosen up a little.”