Swindon Town 3

Macclesfield 0

Swindon moved up to second place with a more than comfortable win over the Cheshire side. They were totally dominant throughout making it one of the most one-sided contests I have seen for a long time. In the first half Town had around 80% possession and had built up a two-goal lead by the interval, writes Peter Mitchell.

Once again, the second half was a bit quieter, but Town’s third goal was a gem. Opening scorer Keshi Anderson controlled a difficult ball into the box and when it finally got to Eoin Doyle, his placed volley was unstoppable.

Anthony Grant made his first start in place of the injured Jordan Lyden. His performance was exactly what I was expecting from Toumani Diagouraga last season, but then it never happened. Grant was robust, commanded the centre of the pitch, and showed no sign of any lack of match sharpness. Losing the ball on a couple of occasions he made sure he won it back. There is now tremendous competition for midfield places, and that can only be healthy.

Ellis Iandolo had another excellent game at full back, keeping the fit again Zeki Fryers on the bench, and is demonstrating he has no intention of forfeiting his spot.

Despite Eoin Doyle scoring another two goals, making it seven in six league starts, my man of the match was his fellow striker, Jerry Yates. He worked like a trojan, showed superb skill in holding the ball up and created several chances that his team mates should have converted.

The one disappointment, on a glorious sunny day – requiring two drink breaks during the game – was a crowd of only just 7,000, something the likes of Forest Green and Cheltenham can only dream of!

On Tuesday Town are home to Colchester and hopefully, this time there will be no Saturday hangover as against the Cobblers, and a good crowd will be there to see them continue their good form.