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THE VIC MORGAN COLUMN: So nearly perfection at Rotherham
6:00am Thursday 17th October 2013 in Sport
PERFECTION in sport is almost impossible.
The moments when you think you’ve seen it you remember forever.
Gordon Banks’ save from Pele, the Ali Shuffle, Botham’s innings at Leeds in 1981 - the list goes on and on.
When it comes to watching Swindon Town, maybe over the years you have your own thoughts on that particular score.
The Rogers body swerve for the third goal at Wembley 1969 is right up there for me. One more came close on Saturday.
Swindon’s victory at Rotherham was superb, there’s no other word for it, but it could have been much different if it hadn’t been for some charity in front of goal by the home side in the opening 20 minutes.
Among the misses came a collector’s item against the Town from Alex Revell. He always scores against us, doesn’t he?
What nearly reached perfection, however, was a dazzling Swindon passing move.
Seven days ago, I wrote about the current debate concerning the Robins’ playing style. Too many passes? Not direct enough? How about nearly 40 consecutive passes leading to a goalscoring opportunity put just wide by Alex Pritchard?
It was a move of such patience and control it left you open-mouthed at its creativity.
It was put together by a young side wanting to play football on a filthy South Yorkshire afternoon.
It came during a wonderful second-half Swindon display which was as good as it gets. Had the ball gone in we would have seen a perfect goal.
Even the Rotherham fans applauded.
It was a magical moment and a pleasure to watch. Another example of the progress Mark Cooper’s side is making.
Not quite sporting perfection, but it was pretty close.
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