TOWN 5 PORTSMOUTH 0: New year cheer for super sub Collins

TOWN 5 PORTSMOUTH 0: New year cheer for super sub Collins

TOWN 5 PORTSMOUTH 0: New year cheer for super sub Collins

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JAMES Collins gave Swindon Town fans with sore heads and bleary eyes the perfect new year hangover cure with four second-half goals as the Robins hammered Portsmouth at the County Ground.

The striker, who had not scored since the 4-1 win over Yeovil on November 17, came off the bench on the hour and proceeded to totally turn a match which, until then, had seen struggling Pompey frustrate Paolo Di Canio’s promotion-chasing hosts.

But once Collins found a way through with his first touch Town were utterly rampant, as they registered their second successive 5-0 victory and their first against Portsmouth at the County Ground since 1993.

Collins managed two goals within seven minutes of his introduction, a hat-trick in 12 and added a fourth just 23 minutes after jumping off the bench. And for good measure he also set up Danny Hollands for the Robins’ third.

It was ludicrous and totally absorbing in equal measure. Swindon’s football-going public could get used to this. It was the happiest of happy new years.

Andy Williams had the Robins’ first chance of the game in the fifth minute. When Adam Webster misjudged Alan McCormack’s floated diagonal pass, Williams was given the space to bear down on the Pompey goal but saw Simon Eastwood keep out his shot.

From the resulting corner, Joe Devera’s header was blocked en route to the back of the net, and Town were well and truly in control right from the off.

Portsmouth threatened on occasion, with Liam Walker testing Wes Foderingham, but Swindon were soon back on the offensive and Eastwood had to be alert to deny Williams after the striker wriggled free of his marker to shoot from 18 yards.

Mustapha Dumbaya almost got his 2013 off to the most fortunate start when his cross caused Foderingham to backtrack and tip the ball over the crossbar in the 17th minute but again Town rallied and Williams drilled wide from range.

The former Yeovil man was at the heart of every attack of note that the home side had in the opening quarter of the game and Eastwood had to be alert to keep out his dainty flick from Nathan Thompson’s right-wing cross.

Pompey’s first free-flowing move of the game, in the 30th minute, almost saw the visitors edge in front. Walker picked out Jon Harley, the full-back squared for Darel Russell and his drive seemed destined for the bottom corner, only for Devera to prevent the ball reaching the target.

Williams’ deflected header glided inches past Eastwood’s right-hand post two minutes later, as Town worked hard without being able to reach top gear on a slippy playing surface that wasn’t conducive to their fast, passing brand of football.

And as the game limped towards half-time it appeared Swindon were struggling to rediscover the swagger with which they ended 2012.

Pompey came out of the traps well in the second period and struck the woodwork in the 48th minute, when Williamson curled a free-kick onto the top of the crossbar from 18 yards out, while Town continued to find it hard to establish any kind of momentum.

Di Canio threw on Simon Ferry, Gary Roberts and Collins in an effort to change the game and the latter did exactly that within seconds of his introduction.

Ritchie floated in a corner from the right in the 60th minute and Collins ran from the substitutes’ bench, into the penalty area, into the six-yard box and nodded beyond Eastwood.

It was the striker’s ninth goal of the campaign, and his first since mid-November. Six minutes later, Collins pushed into double figures.

With his second touch of the game the former Shrewsbury man controlled Hollands’ drive across the box and with his third slotted beneath Eastwood.

In the 67th minute Collins almost completed the most remarkable of hat-tricks. Straining his neck to reach Roberts back-post free-kick t head over and beyond Eastwood, only to watch the ball bounce off the top of the crossbar and out of play.

As hard as they tried, Pompey couldn’t keep the forward quiet and in the 69th minute he was integral in Town’s third.

Bringing down Roberts’ cross neatly on his chest, Collins had the wherewithal to look up and pick out Hollands with a first-time cut-back that left his teammate with the simple task of side-footing home.

Not content with scoring two and setting up another, Collins decided he wanted more in the 73rd minute. Finding the space in the area to connect to Ritchie’s delicate cross, the striker headed beyond Eastwood.

Portsmouth, unsurprisingly dispirited by the 13-minute drubbing, had a couple of sights of goal through Williamson and Russell, but Foderingham wasn’t tested and with seven minutes left Town fired home a fifth.

McCormack was offered the freedom of Swindon to deliver from the left and no Pompey player tracked Collins’ run as he ghosted in behind Harley to nod home.

Di Canio playfully wrestled the matchball from Collins’ grasp at the final whistle, but the striker was having none of it. This was his day, and what a day it was.

“In the first half it was predictable to be under pressure because they had two games in the last days, and rhythm in their legs,” said the Town boss after the game.

“We should do better and I told my players I am very angry and very proud. We went out and scored five but it should be seven or eight, but they were amazing.”

Of Collins’ haul, Di Canio said: “All four goals were amazing, and for a typical number nine, at the moment he is the most positive change, but I was lucky and thanks to him.

“It is not an accident and it didn’t happen often in the past. The players they are crucial and they feel a very good atmosphere.

“They confirm I read well my players, and today was amazing.”

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7:21am Wed 2 Jan 13

Red Tuareg says...

Great win. Listened to the commentary down here on Radio Solent from a Pompey perspective. From their commentary they were more than holding their own, I was even getting a bit jittery ! Sounded like the first goal took the stuffing out of them
Worth bearing in mind the current plight of a once great (?) club and cherish our success over the last year.
Great win. Listened to the commentary down here on Radio Solent from a Pompey perspective. From their commentary they were more than holding their own, I was even getting a bit jittery ! Sounded like the first goal took the stuffing out of them Worth bearing in mind the current plight of a once great (?) club and cherish our success over the last year. Red Tuareg
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10:05am Wed 2 Jan 13

SAPFanSTFC says...

Williams, Collins and Martin have all looked like they're going to click into place only for an injury or something to crop up....we're going to see them all start to move up their goal-to-game averages now...exciting month ahead!
Williams, Collins and Martin have all looked like they're going to click into place only for an injury or something to crop up....we're going to see them all start to move up their goal-to-game averages now...exciting month ahead! SAPFanSTFC
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10:22am Wed 2 Jan 13

Redgollum says...

A great result. 3 of the goals were headers. Thats what we need from a striker to complete the work done by the others.
Someone with the knack of scoring from inside the 6 yard box. Someone who is always there to cause a nuisance.
Might not be spectacular, but damned effective!
A great result. 3 of the goals were headers. Thats what we need from a striker to complete the work done by the others. Someone with the knack of scoring from inside the 6 yard box. Someone who is always there to cause a nuisance. Might not be spectacular, but damned effective! Redgollum
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11:31am Wed 2 Jan 13

MITTED says...

Red Tuareg wrote:
Great win. Listened to the commentary down here on Radio Solent from a Pompey perspective. From their commentary they were more than holding their own, I was even getting a bit jittery ! Sounded like the first goal took the stuffing out of them
Worth bearing in mind the current plight of a once great (?) club and cherish our success over the last year.
Pompey were poor, especially at the back, make no mistake. I must admit though that I was worried that they would fluke a result, but it was alway obvious that as soon as they conceded one, more would follow, although the collapse was more spectacular than anyone could have predicted! Despite Collins 4 goals, the game was crying out for Simon Ferry and it was him that changed the game when he finally came on. What I did like was that despite the long delay for the first goal, the players didn't panic, they just kept working away until the catalyst was provided by the Ferry substitution. Can't help feeling sorry for Chris Martin though, because I am sure he would have been on the end of Collins' chances had he not been substituted!
Looking forward to Saturday and another professional display but please, let's not pile the pressure on the players with over-hyped expectations of another 5-0.
COYR!
[quote][p][bold]Red Tuareg[/bold] wrote: Great win. Listened to the commentary down here on Radio Solent from a Pompey perspective. From their commentary they were more than holding their own, I was even getting a bit jittery ! Sounded like the first goal took the stuffing out of them Worth bearing in mind the current plight of a once great (?) club and cherish our success over the last year.[/p][/quote]Pompey were poor, especially at the back, make no mistake. I must admit though that I was worried that they would fluke a result, but it was alway obvious that as soon as they conceded one, more would follow, although the collapse was more spectacular than anyone could have predicted! Despite Collins 4 goals, the game was crying out for Simon Ferry and it was him that changed the game when he finally came on. What I did like was that despite the long delay for the first goal, the players didn't panic, they just kept working away until the catalyst was provided by the Ferry substitution. Can't help feeling sorry for Chris Martin though, because I am sure he would have been on the end of Collins' chances had he not been substituted! Looking forward to Saturday and another professional display but please, let's not pile the pressure on the players with over-hyped expectations of another 5-0. COYR! MITTED
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2:48pm Wed 2 Jan 13

Psychedelic Syd says...

Good win and surprising after the lacklustre first half. It reminded me a bit of a league game v Charlton, I think 1970, where we were 0-0 at half time and then scored 5 in the second half, all up at the Town End.

We have to start with either Ferry or Bostock or both. Without them the midfield is very ordinary and predictable. I still think De Vita should stay on longer, he always seems to be the scapegoat for early substitution. Devera and Ward look to have formed a strong partnership. Pleased for James Collins, would love to see Andy Williams knock a few in and gain more confidence too.

What amazing fans Pompey brought with them - you could only admire the support they gave their team throughout the match. Sad to see such a once proud club laid low. With fans like that they deserve better. Hope they survive their financial woes.
Good win and surprising after the lacklustre first half. It reminded me a bit of a league game v Charlton, I think 1970, where we were 0-0 at half time and then scored 5 in the second half, all up at the Town End. We have to start with either Ferry or Bostock or both. Without them the midfield is very ordinary and predictable. I still think De Vita should stay on longer, he always seems to be the scapegoat for early substitution. Devera and Ward look to have formed a strong partnership. Pleased for James Collins, would love to see Andy Williams knock a few in and gain more confidence too. What amazing fans Pompey brought with them - you could only admire the support they gave their team throughout the match. Sad to see such a once proud club laid low. With fans like that they deserve better. Hope they survive their financial woes. Psychedelic Syd
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3:03pm Wed 2 Jan 13

swwindon61uk says...

Only 5 comments,yeah i guess we had a convincing win then!
Only 5 comments,yeah i guess we had a convincing win then! swwindon61uk
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3:06pm Wed 2 Jan 13

swwindon61uk says...

Psychedelic Syd wrote:
Good win and surprising after the lacklustre first half. It reminded me a bit of a league game v Charlton, I think 1970, where we were 0-0 at half time and then scored 5 in the second half, all up at the Town End.

We have to start with either Ferry or Bostock or both. Without them the midfield is very ordinary and predictable. I still think De Vita should stay on longer, he always seems to be the scapegoat for early substitution. Devera and Ward look to have formed a strong partnership. Pleased for James Collins, would love to see Andy Williams knock a few in and gain more confidence too.

What amazing fans Pompey brought with them - you could only admire the support they gave their team throughout the match. Sad to see such a once proud club laid low. With fans like that they deserve better. Hope they survive their financial woes.
One of my first games i went to when i was 8 and i vaguely remember this game.
John Smith or Arthur Horsefield got a hat trick if i remember correctly??
[quote][p][bold]Psychedelic Syd[/bold] wrote: Good win and surprising after the lacklustre first half. It reminded me a bit of a league game v Charlton, I think 1970, where we were 0-0 at half time and then scored 5 in the second half, all up at the Town End. We have to start with either Ferry or Bostock or both. Without them the midfield is very ordinary and predictable. I still think De Vita should stay on longer, he always seems to be the scapegoat for early substitution. Devera and Ward look to have formed a strong partnership. Pleased for James Collins, would love to see Andy Williams knock a few in and gain more confidence too. What amazing fans Pompey brought with them - you could only admire the support they gave their team throughout the match. Sad to see such a once proud club laid low. With fans like that they deserve better. Hope they survive their financial woes.[/p][/quote]One of my first games i went to when i was 8 and i vaguely remember this game. John Smith or Arthur Horsefield got a hat trick if i remember correctly?? swwindon61uk
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3:10pm Wed 2 Jan 13

swwindon61uk says...

Superb game in the end yesterday, i will be honest i was not to worried about the game at half time as i thought Portsmouth had nothing to offer,
I see Whiitingham was saying that he thought he had us worried and hence our 3 quick subs,well guy i do not think that was down to your team personally just the fact the players that got subbed were not playing partically welll.
Does Collins start Saturday?
Superb game in the end yesterday, i will be honest i was not to worried about the game at half time as i thought Portsmouth had nothing to offer, I see Whiitingham was saying that he thought he had us worried and hence our 3 quick subs,well guy i do not think that was down to your team personally just the fact the players that got subbed were not playing partically welll. Does Collins start Saturday? swwindon61uk
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3:22pm Wed 2 Jan 13

69Champs says...

BOOM! BOOM! BOOM!
How can the Town allow away supporters to take drums into the ground that gives them an advantage over our own supporters.

All we heard against Pompey was the continuous banging of their drum. I sit in the Don Rogers and it was really aggravating .so I hate to think what our supporters thought in the Arkells stand. This isn't the first time this season that we give one man and his drum the advantage over loyal Town supporters.

It's time to ban these drums from the ground.

COYR
BOOM! BOOM! BOOM! How can the Town allow away supporters to take drums into the ground that gives them an advantage over our own supporters. All we heard against Pompey was the continuous banging of their drum. I sit in the Don Rogers and it was really aggravating .so I hate to think what our supporters thought in the Arkells stand. This isn't the first time this season that we give one man and his drum the advantage over loyal Town supporters. It's time to ban these drums from the ground. COYR 69Champs
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3:57pm Wed 2 Jan 13

old town robin says...

MITTED wrote:
Red Tuareg wrote:
Great win. Listened to the commentary down here on Radio Solent from a Pompey perspective. From their commentary they were more than holding their own, I was even getting a bit jittery ! Sounded like the first goal took the stuffing out of them
Worth bearing in mind the current plight of a once great (?) club and cherish our success over the last year.
Pompey were poor, especially at the back, make no mistake. I must admit though that I was worried that they would fluke a result, but it was alway obvious that as soon as they conceded one, more would follow, although the collapse was more spectacular than anyone could have predicted! Despite Collins 4 goals, the game was crying out for Simon Ferry and it was him that changed the game when he finally came on. What I did like was that despite the long delay for the first goal, the players didn't panic, they just kept working away until the catalyst was provided by the Ferry substitution. Can't help feeling sorry for Chris Martin though, because I am sure he would have been on the end of Collins' chances had he not been substituted!
Looking forward to Saturday and another professional display but please, let's not pile the pressure on the players with over-hyped expectations of another 5-0.
COYR!
Why not, we want sixxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
[quote][p][bold]MITTED[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Red Tuareg[/bold] wrote: Great win. Listened to the commentary down here on Radio Solent from a Pompey perspective. From their commentary they were more than holding their own, I was even getting a bit jittery ! Sounded like the first goal took the stuffing out of them Worth bearing in mind the current plight of a once great (?) club and cherish our success over the last year.[/p][/quote]Pompey were poor, especially at the back, make no mistake. I must admit though that I was worried that they would fluke a result, but it was alway obvious that as soon as they conceded one, more would follow, although the collapse was more spectacular than anyone could have predicted! Despite Collins 4 goals, the game was crying out for Simon Ferry and it was him that changed the game when he finally came on. What I did like was that despite the long delay for the first goal, the players didn't panic, they just kept working away until the catalyst was provided by the Ferry substitution. Can't help feeling sorry for Chris Martin though, because I am sure he would have been on the end of Collins' chances had he not been substituted! Looking forward to Saturday and another professional display but please, let's not pile the pressure on the players with over-hyped expectations of another 5-0. COYR![/p][/quote]Why not, we want sixxxxxxxxxxxxxxx old town robin
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4:32pm Wed 2 Jan 13

old town robin says...

Psychedelic Syd wrote:
Good win and surprising after the lacklustre first half. It reminded me a bit of a league game v Charlton, I think 1970, where we were 0-0 at half time and then scored 5 in the second half, all up at the Town End.

We have to start with either Ferry or Bostock or both. Without them the midfield is very ordinary and predictable. I still think De Vita should stay on longer, he always seems to be the scapegoat for early substitution. Devera and Ward look to have formed a strong partnership. Pleased for James Collins, would love to see Andy Williams knock a few in and gain more confidence too.

What amazing fans Pompey brought with them - you could only admire the support they gave their team throughout the match. Sad to see such a once proud club laid low. With fans like that they deserve better. Hope they survive their financial woes.
A couple of comments on your very good post Syd, De Vita deserved to be taken off, he was having a mare, Think you under estimate the contribrution of Holland. I like Ferry and Bostock and hope the latter can stay with us, but when Holland plays with either of them he is class, didn't work with Miller as they're too similar and I'm not sure if it would work with Navarro as I have never seen them on the pitch at the same time. One thing I am sure of we have a very strong mid-field with plenty of options if we can keep the 2 loanees
[quote][p][bold]Psychedelic Syd[/bold] wrote: Good win and surprising after the lacklustre first half. It reminded me a bit of a league game v Charlton, I think 1970, where we were 0-0 at half time and then scored 5 in the second half, all up at the Town End. We have to start with either Ferry or Bostock or both. Without them the midfield is very ordinary and predictable. I still think De Vita should stay on longer, he always seems to be the scapegoat for early substitution. Devera and Ward look to have formed a strong partnership. Pleased for James Collins, would love to see Andy Williams knock a few in and gain more confidence too. What amazing fans Pompey brought with them - you could only admire the support they gave their team throughout the match. Sad to see such a once proud club laid low. With fans like that they deserve better. Hope they survive their financial woes.[/p][/quote]A couple of comments on your very good post Syd, De Vita deserved to be taken off, he was having a mare, Think you under estimate the contribrution of Holland. I like Ferry and Bostock and hope the latter can stay with us, but when Holland plays with either of them he is class, didn't work with Miller as they're too similar and I'm not sure if it would work with Navarro as I have never seen them on the pitch at the same time. One thing I am sure of we have a very strong mid-field with plenty of options if we can keep the 2 loanees old town robin
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5:30pm Wed 2 Jan 13

LeGod says...

Dont agree that Bostock and Ferry can play together in this league you need a ball winner and a creative player and Hollands and Miller are the ball winners and Ferry and Bostock are the creative ones. If you play Bostock and Ferry together it wont work. Ferry gets the vote from me over Bostock as he knows the league is more experienced and is more consistent. Bostock although a good player and still young needs to be more consistent as sometimes he tries to be too posy and thats not a criticism of him.
Holland for me is playing well and his game improved when Ferry came on as it was crying out for some creation on the floor and not to their 7 foot defenders as we did in the first half. Have to disagree with their manager it was because we were playing poorly it was 0-0 at HT not because they were good and that creativity we had in the second half really killed them.
Dont agree that Bostock and Ferry can play together in this league you need a ball winner and a creative player and Hollands and Miller are the ball winners and Ferry and Bostock are the creative ones. If you play Bostock and Ferry together it wont work. Ferry gets the vote from me over Bostock as he knows the league is more experienced and is more consistent. Bostock although a good player and still young needs to be more consistent as sometimes he tries to be too posy and thats not a criticism of him. Holland for me is playing well and his game improved when Ferry came on as it was crying out for some creation on the floor and not to their 7 foot defenders as we did in the first half. Have to disagree with their manager it was because we were playing poorly it was 0-0 at HT not because they were good and that creativity we had in the second half really killed them. LeGod
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7:48pm Wed 2 Jan 13

Psychedelic Syd says...

old town robin wrote:
Psychedelic Syd wrote:
Good win and surprising after the lacklustre first half. It reminded me a bit of a league game v Charlton, I think 1970, where we were 0-0 at half time and then scored 5 in the second half, all up at the Town End.

We have to start with either Ferry or Bostock or both. Without them the midfield is very ordinary and predictable. I still think De Vita should stay on longer, he always seems to be the scapegoat for early substitution. Devera and Ward look to have formed a strong partnership. Pleased for James Collins, would love to see Andy Williams knock a few in and gain more confidence too.

What amazing fans Pompey brought with them - you could only admire the support they gave their team throughout the match. Sad to see such a once proud club laid low. With fans like that they deserve better. Hope they survive their financial woes.
A couple of comments on your very good post Syd, De Vita deserved to be taken off, he was having a mare, Think you under estimate the contribrution of Holland. I like Ferry and Bostock and hope the latter can stay with us, but when Holland plays with either of them he is class, didn't work with Miller as they're too similar and I'm not sure if it would work with Navarro as I have never seen them on the pitch at the same time. One thing I am sure of we have a very strong mid-field with plenty of options if we can keep the 2 loanees
Happy New Year OTR. I rate Holland highly and he would be certainly be my first choice to play alongside Ferry or Bostock in preference to Miller or Navarro. He doesn't have their flair though that can cause such disarray in opposition defences. De Vita didn't have the best of first halves but in recent games where he has been outstanding he still gets hauled off first. I would always pick him in preference to Roberts.

Swindon61uk - I think Noble scored 3 against Charlton in that match in the 69/70 season, with Smith getting one and Trollope/poss own goal, seem to remember it was a bit dodgy. Rogers made them all as I remember. Happy days!

I like seeing Bostock with Ferry in midfield - don't agree with LeGod on that one - but it is a question of horses for courses and there are times when the opposition dictates different styles of play/players. Bostock has added a lot more steel to his game since his arrival here and longer term would be a real asset if we could keep him and hopefully make the Championship. Long way to go yet though! I can't remember seeing Town win 2 matches on the trot 5 - 0 in all the time I've been following them. Great achievement and done wonders for our GD. Roll on Carlisle, can we make it three 5 - 0's on the bounce? That would be something.
[quote][p][bold]old town robin[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Psychedelic Syd[/bold] wrote: Good win and surprising after the lacklustre first half. It reminded me a bit of a league game v Charlton, I think 1970, where we were 0-0 at half time and then scored 5 in the second half, all up at the Town End. We have to start with either Ferry or Bostock or both. Without them the midfield is very ordinary and predictable. I still think De Vita should stay on longer, he always seems to be the scapegoat for early substitution. Devera and Ward look to have formed a strong partnership. Pleased for James Collins, would love to see Andy Williams knock a few in and gain more confidence too. What amazing fans Pompey brought with them - you could only admire the support they gave their team throughout the match. Sad to see such a once proud club laid low. With fans like that they deserve better. Hope they survive their financial woes.[/p][/quote]A couple of comments on your very good post Syd, De Vita deserved to be taken off, he was having a mare, Think you under estimate the contribrution of Holland. I like Ferry and Bostock and hope the latter can stay with us, but when Holland plays with either of them he is class, didn't work with Miller as they're too similar and I'm not sure if it would work with Navarro as I have never seen them on the pitch at the same time. One thing I am sure of we have a very strong mid-field with plenty of options if we can keep the 2 loanees[/p][/quote]Happy New Year OTR. I rate Holland highly and he would be certainly be my first choice to play alongside Ferry or Bostock in preference to Miller or Navarro. He doesn't have their flair though that can cause such disarray in opposition defences. De Vita didn't have the best of first halves but in recent games where he has been outstanding he still gets hauled off first. I would always pick him in preference to Roberts. Swindon61uk - I think Noble scored 3 against Charlton in that match in the 69/70 season, with Smith getting one and Trollope/poss own goal, seem to remember it was a bit dodgy. Rogers made them all as I remember. Happy days! I like seeing Bostock with Ferry in midfield - don't agree with LeGod on that one - but it is a question of horses for courses and there are times when the opposition dictates different styles of play/players. Bostock has added a lot more steel to his game since his arrival here and longer term would be a real asset if we could keep him and hopefully make the Championship. Long way to go yet though! I can't remember seeing Town win 2 matches on the trot 5 - 0 in all the time I've been following them. Great achievement and done wonders for our GD. Roll on Carlisle, can we make it three 5 - 0's on the bounce? That would be something. Psychedelic Syd
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