Just to return briefly to a subject from earlier in the thread and another thread too .. I had based some comments I made about style of play employed by Swindon on the following set of quotes pasted onto Stagsnet from Swindon fans:
“Large number of our fans would drive him up to Mansfield themselves. The football has been horrendous to watch, especially at home.”
“Dreadful football. Some of it has been truly shocking. Doesn’t come across as likeable. Too much nonsensical psycho babble in his interviews. Tends to bear a grudge with certain players. No future beyond L2 with him in charge”
“Plus the dull football at Swindon explains why Flitcroft’s departure has been overwhelmingly accepted here. Honestly, guys he’s a bang it down the channels, hoof it from the back manager”
I thought I’d delve further to see if there was any context I was missing.
Imagine my surprise to find that all 3 quotes above regarding style of play (hoofball) were from the same person on onefootballforum.co.uk. A poster who appears to be pretty angry about everything. We’ve seen some posters like that on here!
It’s a bit like taking a series of quotes from one of the angry posters on here on one of his favourite topics from different posts and somehow quoting them as though they are representative of the entire fanbase.
Perhaps it was my fault for not understanding the context on which the comments from Swindon were pasted.
Anyway I delved a bit further, looking at the main Swindon messageboard. There are certainly posters critical of the style of football, though it’s not a unanimous view from what I read, and others mitigating that they realised they were unused to League Two football at Swindon and more used to Paulo di Canio’s style. Perhaps a case of being expectant of better, as bobbystagsfan pointed out.
Other stuff from the Swindon fans certainly rings true, as I had also commented on and agreed with, such as reference to poor home form, and tending to sit back on a lead too early in a game, both of which we have witnessed at Mansfield.
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