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FAN'S JURY SPECIAL: Final touch was lacking
6:00am Monday 10th December 2012 in Sport
IT WAS just another one of those days, writes Town fan BRADLEY PEARCE.
Town were to be denied yet again by the woodwork and a lack of final spark. People may say this is becoming a bit too often now, but it’s not the creativity that is worrying. It’s just the final touch.
Town were clearly the dominant side during the game. It was only really the first 20 minutes where Doncaster really showed anything. The game looked comfortable in the hands of Town. The two-week break had definitely shown as the game progressed. The second period was played in Doncaster’s half. Only some brilliant saves and Town’s inability to convert their chances saw the match finish as a draw.
Let’s look at the positives. Town were able to adapt themselves to this type of game exceptionally well. Playing against a Doncaster side who sat high in the table, this was always going to be a tough game.
The work rate of the team as a unit was phenomenal, starting right from the front. Fluent passing moves easily set Town up on numerous attacks. The one-touch passing in the tightest of spaces, or when being chased, was almost what we had come to expect from a top-end Championship side. Can we expect similar possession from Town in future games?
The team selection may have taken a few by surprise. Knowing that McEveley and Bessone were both injured left Paolo Di Canio with a tricky choice. He took a risk by playing Devera at left-back. With both McCormack out and Ferry on the bench, Devera had the chance to captain the side.
Considering he had been pushed into that position, he adapted himself very well. The rest of the team selection saw four changes from Town’s outing to Notts County. Each player came in and added their own style to the game.
Thompson was never scared to throw himself in and get dirty to win. Flint’s range of passing impressed me. Every pass he chose seem to offer a move or an option, allowing others to be involved. Hollands added his experience, spotting gaps to make runs beyond the strikers. Martin threw himself about and appeared to make a good connection with Williams.
The only negative was not being able to finish the chances.
The chances created just needed the slightest of touches or that a bit of luck. Hitting the woodwork is becoming a slight second nature for Town at the moment and they will hope the fortunes change sooner rather than later.
Overall, Swindon were very unlucky not to grab all three points.
Fans should be impressed with how Town performed on the day.
The signs of the two-week break definitely did give us something all to look forward to with the Christmas and New-Year pile up of fixtures dawning upon very quickly.”