By Peter Mitchell

After watching Swindon’s easy win over Crewe Alexandra I have a suggestion that might improve their awful home form - they should take to wearing their green away kit for home games as well!

This was Town’s eighth away league win, halting a run of five consecutive defeats, and it was wrapped up in just the first 20 minutes.

Town recalled James Dunne to midfield in place of Donal McDermot and moved Matt Taylor back to his more effective wing back position. It was also a welcome sight to see Luke Norris back leading the line following a succession of injury problems.

After a few minutes of early Crewe pressure Swindon took control and were totally dominant for the first half. It took them only 8 minutes to open their account when Kaiyne Woolery converted Keshi Anderson’s attempt that came back off the post. Less than 10 minutes later the lead was doubled when Amine Linganzi rose to head home a Taylor free kick (yet another assist from the defender). In the 20th minute Anderson was pushed to the floor and Norris calmly put away the spot-kick.

This brought forth a seasonal taunt from the 300+ visiting supporters of “Christmas shopping - you should have gone Christmas shopping !” Town fans were enjoying the rare treat of watching from the halfway line rather than their customary away position of being behind a goal.

Swindon were pushing forward and finding their players well, playing very effective quick cross field football. In particular Woolery was looking hungry and creating danger whenever he had the ball.

Town came close to further goals in the second period but also spurned a number of good opportunities. Matt Taylor hit the bar with another wonderful free kick and Woolery struck an upright, but they also missed a great chance when Anderson was put clean through.

Crewe fielding a very young side rang the changes after about a hour, at which point Town appeared to take their foot off the gas. Swindon began sitting uncomfortably deep and, although Vigouroux was eventually called into action a few times late on, it wasn’t until injury time that Crewe’s closest effort struck the bar with the goalie looking on a little too nonchalantly. I’m sure David Flitcroft would have been apoplectic if his team had conceded a clean sheet at that point !

Ultimately an easy thoroughly deserved win for the Town but not a stern test for the defence by any means. Roll on Boxing Day when they can prove their mettle in a real test against leaders Luton Town.