Only one places and three points separated today’s opponents Scunthorpe and Swindon, in the end it was the six goals that proved the undoing of the Wiltshire side.
Even the most optimistic of Scunthorpe fans couldn’t have predicted before the match that they would bury the Robins under a six goal deluge, but that’s how the game played out with Swindon well and truly played off the park.
It’s not as if Swindon are a toothless side, they have 21-goal ex-Leeds United forward Nicky Ajose in their ranks. However, when it’s not your day then it’s not your day, as Swindon cruelly found out this afternoon.
Five players contributed for Scunthorpe to mete out six-of-the-best on Swindon in a caning reminiscent of schooling gone by, only Tom Hopper scoring more than once.
A schooling it was too as Scunthorpe provided a lesson in both creation and finishing that began with Conor Townsend’s 27th minute opener and finished 49 minutes later when Hopper scored his second on 76 minutes. In between these two goal markers, Scunthorpe scored a quartet of goals through Jordan Clarke (44′), Hakeeb Adelakun (48′), Hopper’s first (52′) and Patrick Madden’s 21st of the season (62′).
3,534 hardy fans witnessed Scunthorpe’s total domination of visitors Swindon at Glanford Park in a game where more than eggs were broken on this Easter Bank Holiday Monday.
Scunthorpe United – Graham Alexander
Iron manager Alexander was understandably ecstatic in how his team swept aside the opposition, an effort made more special as it was his first home game in charge since taking over from Nicky Daws last Tuesday.
Speaking to the official club website he said, “It was beyond a dream that result for my first game at home.
It has set the bar high for me and the players but if we want to be a good team then we have to extend standards and expectations. I’m really pleased with the players because they were fantastic from minute one and really put Swindon under pressure. We knew how they’d try and play from the back and it was always going to be about our players’ work rate to go and press them. We were very clinical and it was good to see a few of the boys on the scoresheet.
Swindon Town – Luke Williams
Wiilams wanted the Robins to bounce back following Good Friday’s 4-1 home defeat at the hands of a very good Wigan side; however, the six goal defeat today will leave them still bouncing having conceded 10 goals in their last two games.
Speaking to Swindon Advertiser Williams gave his honest assessment saying, “I apologise to the fans that came to watch us and support us. At the bare minimum, they expect to see total commitment from the players. I’m shocked at some of the performances – to see some lacklustre performances – and also, what appeared to be some people downing tools at one point in the game and not really looking like they wanted to push themselves. I think it’s totally unacceptable and what you’re doing is you’re showing everyone that when things get tough, you’re not the type of character that’s able to dig in deep. I don’t fully understand the reason for the incredibly poor performance.