A new era of 'happiness and togetherness' begins at STFC

By Alfie Howlett - 21 September 2021

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A column by Alfie Howlett.

The leaves may be falling and the darker nights may well be closing in but the football is still only getting started.

Who would've thought just a few months ago that Swindon would have a full squad and would be winning games of football? Everyone involved in the club deserves a huge amount of credit. They've got everything up and running in such a short space of time, even putting together a competitive squad.

As well as this the engagement with the fans has been top class. From pulling pints to playing cricket with the fans, chairman Clem Morfuni has done everything in order to get everyone on board. This is already showing with the crowd attendances being above 8200 for the first four league matches for the first time in 27 years. In addition the feeling around the club is one of happiness and togetherness.

On the pitch things are certainly beginning to take shape. For a team that had virtually no pre-season Swindon have been doing exceptionally well.

You can already see the philosophy of manager Ben Garner being implemented on the pitch.

Swindon are definitely playing some nice possession based football with midfielder Louis Reed being at the heart of it.

Every orchestra needs a conductor and Reed is just that to this Swindon team. The player dictates the tempo of this Swindon outfit and he just keeps possession ticking. In the Town system he plays a pivotal role. He might not always catch the eye but his range of passing is key and he reminds me very much of the roles Jorginho and Luka Modric play for their clubs. The 24-year-old will certainly be a crucial part if Town are to achieve something this season.

Another player who has caught my eye is Alex Gilbert. The Brentford loanee joined the club on transfer deadline day and he certainly has a bit of Premier league class about him.

The 19-year-old already looks right at home on this Swindon wing. Gilbert is a technical player who can dribble well and get into good positions without the ball. It's a signing that'll not only improve the team but the squad with Gilbert joining Harry Mckirdy as the other winger. Which will free up the likes of Jack Payne and Ben Gladwin to play more centrally.

I feel as if Swindon now have a well balanced competitive squad that could definitely push for the top half of league 2. My only concern would be the lack of a left back. Although Rob Hunt can play there he is right footed and his best position is at right back.

Ellis Iandolo has almost been converted into a left back from previous regimes. The club's longest serving player began as an attacking midfielder however now mainly operates at left back. Although superb going forward I still have one or two questions defensively.

The next part of the season will see the league table begin to take shape and perhaps we will begin to form an idea of who will finish where. A few more wins in the next matches will certainly see a side that was at the beginning fancied for relegation becoming a side talked about for promotion. How football can change.

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