Swindon produced a stunning comeback at New Meadow to snatch a 3-3 draw, and a first away point of the 2020/21 season.
The Robins did manage to pull a goal back before half-time, courtesy of Joel Grant, yet Shrewsbury restored their two goal advantage just 10 minutes into the second half.
And then a potentially season-defining 30 minutes occurred. With a name appropriate for such a task, Hallam Hope scored on the hour to make it 3-2, before Matt Smith’s deflected effort secured a draw for Swindon.
Such resolve of character will be crucial if Swindon are to avoid relegation this season, alongside managerial stability. The rumours around the future of Richie Wellens before his departure to Salford undoubtedly undermined performances on the pitch, and his departure ended a fruitful chapter.
Whilst the spirit demonstrated in the comeback was impressive, John Sheridan’s immediate task as Manager is improving the defence. Swindon have conceded early goals regularly this season, which immediately gives the team a mountain to climb.
Shrewsbury’s opening two goals came courtesy of poor set piece defending, with a lack of organisation and leadership at the back. With Mathieu Baudry on the bench, it is questionable whether Odimayo or Grounds have the necessary leadership skills to marshall Swindon at the back.
On the whole this is an extremely positive performance that should give heart to Swindon fans. Let us hope that this is a turning point, and that Swindon can put a rocky start to the season behind them.