World Cup, what World Cup for the STFC?

The eyes of the world are on Qatar.

The first-ever Winter World Cup will force several top flights to a halt in November.

However, Swindon will continue their league and cup campaigns. November will bring back-to-back home games against Tranmere and Crewe.

Then potentially two FA Cup draws depending on Town’s success in the first round.

The pivot of Swindon’s chances of success is Ben Gladwin. In a team of new faces, the experienced midfielder is often the star.

After becoming the first signing of the Clem Morfuni era, Gladwin made 41 outings last season. This season, sporting a much leaner physique, Town’s number 7 is playing like a new player.

What stands out are the driving runs from midfield, runs that became a Gladwin trademark during his first stint at SN1. Moreover, the 30-year-old’s passing range this season isn’t far off Andrea Pirlo’s showreel. With additional vice-captain responsibilities, Gladwin excelled, becoming a go-to lieutenant in Scott Lindsey’s midfield.

Another element that holds the key to Swindon’s success is Sol Brynn. The young shot-stopper arrived at The County Ground on loan from Middlesbrough during the summer transfer window. He has since become a much sought-after mainstay on the city side. However, Brynn’s Town’s career wasn’t always so rosy.

Initially, the youngster failed to gain the approval of the Swindon faithful. With the popular Lewis Ward on the bench and Brynn between the sticks in the day one massacre at Harrogate, the jury was out. It’s fair to say that Brynn more than proved his innocence with a string of game-winning saves that earned him a place in the hearts of City support.

The one thing Swindon needs more than anything this season is a big home win. Although there have been some great away results from sides like Grimsby and Doncaster, Town have yet to record a win on their home turf. If they get that elusive victory against a top side, it will go some way to laying the groundwork for the season.

A good home win will not only fuel the fans with confidence, but also give the players a boost. This in turn will push Swindon up the rankings which will consequently add to the atmosphere at home. We all saw what happened with home form at the end of last season as the crowd got stronger.

Every time I’ve seen Town at home this season, I can’t help but feel a little bored.

Although the style of football is pleasing to the eye, it can get very lukewarm at times. In the absence of McKirdy, no player puts me on the edge of my seat. Swindon have some very technically gifted footballers in their ranks; however, sometimes when I look at them I ask if we have too many?

Instead of trying to put the ball in the net, I would like to see a bit more intensity. The Robins need to go to their opposition rather than wait for a long passing streak to develop.

It’s not me saying play direct, it’s me saying mixing ideas rather than being so one-dimensional.

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