Swindon shipped 3 goals for the second successive game, yet there was no stirring comeback this time, as they lost 3-0 to Accrington Stanley.
It began with calamity, as an own goal from goalkeeper Joe Fryer gave Accrington Stanley a lead after just six minutes. Fryer slipped on a back pass from Odimayo, a singular moment that sums up Swindon’s season so far.
The lead was extended to 2-0 after 25 minutes through Bishop, and then to 3-0 before half-time courtesy of Charles. Perhaps the only saving grace for Swindon was that the margin of defeat was not wider.
Swindon’s defence ultimately proved woeful yet again. A quick straw poll of social media showed that when Grounds received a yellow card in the 73rd minute, several Swindon fans would rather he be sent off so he couldn’t further negatively impact the game.
It has become evident already that Swindon simply cannot remain in League One without an improved defence, be that through coaching or recruitment.
Football is a wonderful, passionate game, but sometimes you need look no further than the statistics. Swindon have conceded 24 goals so far this season, the most in League One, at an average of 2.18 per game. If they continue in such a pattern, they will massively reduce their chances of survival.
Worst of all, Swindon now face the indignity of slipping below bitter rivals Oxford United and into the relegation zone. Oxford have a game in hand and are just one point behind Swindon as they travel to Wigan Athletic this weekend.
There is evidently desire and hunger in the team. The comeback against Shrewsbury proved that much. Yet quality is desperately needed, especially after the expectations of Swindon fans were set so high last season with ‘Wellens Ball’.
Seeing Eoin Doyle score goal after goal, ably assisted by the likes of Yates and Doughty was glorious. That glory has now sunk with the winter sun. Time will tell as to whether performances will, or indeed can, rise to those levels again.