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VIC MORGAN COLUMN: Not pitch perfect, but it didn't matter
6:00am Thursday 21st March 2013 in Sport
TUESDAY night was pretty special. A gathering of the Swindon Town clan on a cold Somerset terrace and three great points. It wasn't the most attractive game, but who cares about that?
We've cut through the pastry of the season and are well and truly through to the filling. In the six remaining weeks of the campaign all that matters is the result.
Yes, we'd love every game to be full of attractive free flowing football, but quite frankly in March I'd happily take 90 minutes of dross as long as it was capped off with a scruffy winner.
It's not always possible to play good football either. Apart from the shining example of the County Ground, most pitches appear to resemble an allotment. Not very well-tended ones either.
That's not a criticism of ground staff by the way. It must be a nightmare after the winter we've had to keep grounds playable.
The fact that ours is nominated for pitch of the year is a wonderful testament to Marcus Cassidy and the job he's done as Swindon Town’s groundsman.
We saw another example of the way playing surfaces cut up at Yeovil, divots flying all over the place, making the game struggle as a spectacle.
There is a downside to having a great pitch of course, with visiting teams having the advantage of it too. It must be a joy to come to Wiltshire and know you'll be able to play football, rather like batting teams knowing they'll play on a featherbed cricket pitch.
That County Ground playing surface is next in action on Saturday and after a great away win, another Town victory would really put us in the promotion mix.
We've had more than a bit of uncertainty hanging around of late. The one thing we can all do as fans is back the team wherever we are.
Again we stand on the cusp of a memorable end to the season. We can't influence what goes on off the pitch, but we can help on it.
The result is ALL that matters right now. The manager is right - there is a special bond between team and fans. Isn't that what it’s all about?