DAN THE FAN: Are you not Entertained? – TrustSTFC

DAN THE FAN: Are you not Entertained?

Dan the Fan

Swindon’s extraordinary season in front of goal gathered pace over the weekend as Michael Flynn’s men took their tally in League Two to twenty goals in six games, the most in the EFL.

What we’ve witnessed over the past two home games has been remarkable, the fact that every time we launch an attack on the opposition, we look like scoring, that was certainly the case on Saturday as Town rushed into a 3-0 lead within twenty-three minutes of the first half thanks to man of the moment Jake Young and Jake Cain.

Despite Sutton looking every part of their 23rd place in the League Two table at the back, and some questionable goalkeeping from Jack Rose, Town took both their opening goals well, especially Cain, placing his shot into the bottom corner.

Since his arrival, the former Liverpool midfielder has found minutes in the first team hard to come by, but with Saidou Khan on International duty, he found himself with a chance to impress.

With Khan and McEachran starting the season as the first-choice midfielders, the 22-year-old has done himself no harm and will have the manager thinking twice before sticking Khan straight back in the side.

The other midfielder fighting for his place in the team is Liam Kinsella, who has missed the past two games with a slight knock, but despite the injury, the former Walsall man would’ve expected more than the one league start so far this season.

With the season still in its infancy, he still has a chance to become a regular in Michael Flynn’s side, but with Town having four talented midfielders and McEachran looking impressive, the 27-year-old has quite the battle to make himself noticed.

After taking a 3-0 lead and stopping for a water break due to the blistering conditions Town’s defensive frailties boiled to the surface with two sloppy goals conceded before half-time.

Reinforcing the fact that more defensive cover is needed, hopefully, one of the free transfers planned by the manager will be someone to strengthen the backline.

Despite enjoying a good start to his Swindon Town career, Murphy Mahoney won’t look back to Saturday with much fondness as he should’ve done better with the Sutton opener and nearly lost possession to the away side in the opening minutes, but managed to get himself out of jail in time.

In his first spell as a number one in the Football League, he’s looked solid and someone who looks ready for the task given to him this season, but being only 21 years old, we know mistakes will happen, let’s hope he can bounce back quickly next Saturday.

Thankfully in the second half, despite conceding again, Town put the game to bed with goals from man of the match Dan Kemp and substitute Rushian Hepburn-Murphy.

When Hepburn-Murphy made his way onto the pitch for Captain Charlie Austin, the former Premier League striker showed his displeasure at being substituted by making his feelings known and walking down the tunnel.

For someone who has played the game at the highest level, is Club Captain, and is the senior man in the squad, his behaviour towards the management was questionable, but we know the striker has never been someone to hide his emotions, and at the end of the game, he was back on the bench celebrating with his teammates.

I understand his frustrations, with him being on one goal this season, and those around him scoring for fun every week, maybe he’s feeling left behind in the goalscoring charts, but with him having a hand in a lot of Town’s attacking play, he should know his role in the side has been invaluable this season.