TOWN FLIER is the fans' blog on all matters at Swindon Town FC
YASER KASIM has the sort of name that you would expect to find on Chelsea’s teamsheet rather than Swindon’s.
If you told a neutral at Tuesday’s Capital One Cup game (and, yes, there were a few there) that Kasim had been allowed by Chelsea to turn out for the home side because they were short on numbers, they would have believed you.
Of course, Swindon fans have seen Kasim look a class act against the likes of Gillingham, Crewe and MK Dons. On Tuesday, he did not look out of place surrounded by £177m of Chelsea talent.
What a signing he has been!
Other Town players s who did their future transfer values no harm were Massimo Luongo and Wes Foderingham, both of whom had excellent games.
Manager Mark Cooper seemed slightly deflated by the 2-0 cup defeat at the hands of Jose Mourinho’s millionaires, and you could see where he was coming from.
My two wishes for the game were that we would not concede early and that we could score a goal. I never believed we could really hurt Chelsea, but I did think – and I suspect that Cooper shared the view – that we would be able to ruffle them a bit.
We held out for almost half a hour, playing our usual pleasing-to-the-eye football. Unfortunately, Ramires was required from the bench after the early injury to Van Ginkel.
Ramires made the opening goal and scored the exquisite second in the space of six minutes. And Fernando Torres chose the night to look like a world class striker all over again.
Swindon, despite a dominant spell of possession in the second half, were never quite able to get under the King’s Roaders’ skins.
It did not help that we lost striker Nile Ranger at half-time with a groin problem.
And despite having a squad list that is longer than Chelsea’s, we did miss injured Ryan Mason’s ability to get into goal-scoring positions. Thank goodness he could be back for the Preston game on Saturday – when Ranger must be a doubt.
Had Dany N’Guessan not been a couple of feet offside when heading home a Jay McEveley free kick early in the second half, it might have different.
On Saturday, we had shown an admirable persistence when coming from behind twice before edging past Bristol City in another entertaining game.
Aden Flint returned and had a great scrap with Ranger – with the honours in their personal battle just about even.
I’m glad Flint received a respectful hand from the Swindon fans when he applauded all parts of the ground after the game.
It’s been an interesting week: beating last year’s Championship side Bristol City and feeling slightly miffed we did not give Chelsea more of a game. We must have come a long way.