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THE VIC MORGAN COLUMN: Swindon Town fans have a clash of styles
6:00am Thursday 10th October 2013 in STFC News
SO, where do you stand in the great debate then?
What debate is that, I hear you cry. Why of course it’s the ‘play it around at the back looking for space and attack the space’ or the ‘lump it forward and get it in the box’ debate.
Yes, that one!
Seems strange doesn’t it? The Town are winning matches and yet there appears to be a divide among fans as to how we should be playing. Of course it’s up to the club, it’s manager and coaches how we play.
Just for a moment, though, let’s think we’re better qualified than Mark Cooper and discuss tactics.
I think it was by commonly accepted that Saturday’s win against Tranmere Rovers wasn’t the most exciting, but it was a win.
It was during one of the lulls in play that the talk in my row of the Arkell’s turned to how when we lost narrowly at Wolves there was much praise for our performance.
However, despite being a goal up against Rovers there was an audible murmur of people discussing weekend plans, the latest episode of Eastenders or the sight of a hot air balloon floating gracefully over Old Town.
Afterwards, and seemingly during the JPT win over Plymouth, many were calling for a more direct style of play.
I remarked earlier in the season that the way Swindon play at the moment isn't a get-you-out-of-your-seat-every-minute style. Yet at times it’s breathtaking to watch.
The moving the ball around from man to man, waiting for the opening can seem a little laborious and must require plenty of patience from the players as well.
Those of us who’ve played at the lower levels of the Sunday League usually only had one thought - whack it up the pitch as quickly as possible.
Both styles have their advantages but generally, if you’ve a smaller side, a high ball will normally be won by the opposition centre-half.
So keeping it on the floor appears to be a better option. I guess the thing is we’ll have to get used to it, trust in Coops to adapt where necessary and sit back and count the passes.
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