After losing two games in a row and running out of luck, Rovers fans sensed a much changed starting eleven and a change of fortune. Unfortunately whilst we got the former we didn’t get the latter.
In my eyes it was a very mediocre first half with neither team really going for it, or offering any real attacking intent. The only notable chance fell to Swindon’s Ronan Darcy who had his shot blocked by Bobby Faulkner.
The second half was pretty much the same, with Swindon comfortable in possession and Rovers offering no real pressure. One good save by Jonathan Mitchell from a deflected shot to deny Johnny Williams was the only real action before Swindon went ahead; Ben Gladwin’s ball across the six-yard box tapped in by Jacob Wakeling. Rovers responded by reverting to a back three, but to no avail as Swindon remained comfortable in possession, preventing Rovers from creating any noteworthy chances.
The full-time whistle was met with a chorus of boos and a sense of reflection that the honeymoon period of this season is well and truly over. Personally I always take stock of a season after ten league games; Gary McSheffrey is on nine. Am I convinced he can get the best out this squad, which is more than capable of achieving our goals? I honestly don’t know. The jury may still be, but many fans are convinced he isn’t the person to release our potential talent.