WELCOME to Link Sport’s inaugural ‘STFC Match Pack’. The day after the game before, this is our chance to take a sideways look at events on the pitch, focus on stats and reflect on Swindon Town matches in a different way.
Yesterday, Town beat Bradford City 2-1 at Valley Parade, as Jon Obika scored twice on his second debut for the club. Here are Link Sport’s random thoughts after the game…
THE GAME IN 140 CHARACTERS
“Early cobwebs brought a dodgy decision but Wes is Town’s hero. Terrible defending leads to gritty resolve but Obika proves a point. Maturity”
FOUR RANDOM STATS
Swindon Town won at Bradford for the first time in just under a decade. The last time the Robins took all three points it was also via a 2-1 victory, back in January 2005 when Grant Smith netted twice.
Wes Foderingham obviously did his homework on Alan Sheehan, as he saved the defender’s fourth-minute penalty. But that has to be taken as a given, seeing as the Swindon stopper has a remarkable 14 GCSEs.
Referee Richard Clark, who sent off Sheehan in stoppage time, have produced 14 red cards in his last 36 appearances. That’s a record of more than one dismissal every three games. Ruthless.
Jon Obika scored his first goal for 231 days since netting for Brighton at Port Vale. He doubled his season’s total for 2013/14 inside 43 minutes of his Swindon debut.
IF THE GAME WERE A…
Celebrity: It would be Vinny Jones. Rugged, difficult to understand and rough around the edges but showing the odd moment of quality.
Food: It would be a chicken Jalfrezi (only right in a curry capital). Spicy but still palatable.
Drink: It would be a Jaegerbomb. You really shouldn’t keep on going but you have the urge to keep coming back for more. Leaves the heart racing for hours afterwards.
TOWN’S STAR MAN
Wes Foderingham: The Swindon goalkeeper was immense under the high ball, pulled off two terrific second-half saves and saved Alan Sheehan’s penalty.
AWAY DAY RATINGS
Stadium: Anyone who started a monster lego project as a kid will know the feeling. You start off really enthusiastic, with grand designs for something special but get a bit bored after a few days and just want to finish. Valley Parade’s magnificent kop is something to behold but pan right from the press box and it views like a chart of dwindling profit figures. Remains a good 8/10.
Atmosphere: The noise from the Bradford kop end is immense, even if they are docked a mark for having a drum. 7/10
Infrastructure: Valley Parade’s parking options are limited but there are much harder grounds to find. 6/10.
Welcome: The staff are friendly – as you’d expect in most Yorkshire clubs – though Alan Sheehan isn’t from Yorkshire and therefore didn’t get that memo. 7/10
Journalist’s dream or journalist’s nightmare: A helpful press office and excellent view slightly tempered by fluctuating WiFi. But there are definitely worse. 7/10
Total score: 35/50