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« on: Wednesday, February 15, 2017, 11:19:33 »

I can't remember the last time we looked defensively solid owing to a genuine back four (or three). Even under Di Canio where we were difficult to beat, our defence was average at best.

Who were the last great defenders you saw at STFC?
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« Reply #1 on: Wednesday, February 15, 2017, 11:20:56 »

ost, bodin, calderwood.. kerslake

we even leaked goals then as you say Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: Wednesday, February 15, 2017, 11:23:41 »

Thing is we have had a number of technically good defenders over the last few years, but they have almost without exception been shit if they don't have someone next to them talking them through the game - the phenomenon known as Titus Bramble syndrome.
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« Reply #3 on: Wednesday, February 15, 2017, 11:25:34 »

In all my 43+ years of following Swindon we have never been known for the strength of our defence, we have always been known as an attacking side playing with skill and speed and scoring goals, almost at the expense of defending at times.
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« Reply #4 on: Wednesday, February 15, 2017, 11:27:34 »

I can't remember the last time we looked defensively solid owing to a genuine back four (or three). Even under Di Canio where we were difficult to beat, our defence was average at best.

Who were the last great defenders you saw at STFC?

Under PdC in Div 4, we only conceded at the CG in 4 games out of 23. 3 of them were early doors...so 19 clean sheets, exceptional.

Our greatest ever back 4/5  is Thomas, Burrows, Harland, Trollope.  With Joe Butler holding.
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« Reply #5 on: Wednesday, February 15, 2017, 11:28:41 »

In all my 43+ years of following Swindon we have never been known for the strength of our defence, we have always been known as an attacking side playing with skill and speed and scoring goals
Not this season we're not!
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« Reply #6 on: Wednesday, February 15, 2017, 11:33:55 »

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« Reply #7 on: Wednesday, February 15, 2017, 11:36:15 »

In all my 43+ years of following Swindon we have never been known for the strength of our defence, we have always been known as an attacking side playing with skill and speed and scoring goals, almost at the expense of defending at times.

This. Even under Macari/Hoddle we were never that solid but we'd outscore the opposition.

The PDC era for me was the most reliable defence.
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« Reply #8 on: Wednesday, February 15, 2017, 11:36:20 »

Our defence in the L2 title winning season was fucking immense
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« Reply #9 on: Wednesday, February 15, 2017, 12:04:09 »

Not this season we're not!
I didn't include this season in my mind Wink
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« Reply #10 on: Wednesday, February 15, 2017, 12:11:16 »

Our defence in the L2 title winning season was fucking immense

Under Di Canio 0.5 goals per game for home and away.
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« Reply #11 on: Wednesday, February 15, 2017, 12:17:19 »

 The legendary back 4/5 of 68/69, more or less did 4 seasons....Ok Stan went part way through 71/72.  At the CG in those 4 seasons we conceded 2, 7 times, 3 once. the other 78 league games 1 or a clean sheet.
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« Reply #12 on: Wednesday, February 15, 2017, 12:20:16 »

The DiCanio defence was the most drilled and organised I've seen in 30 years of watching Town
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« Reply #13 on: Wednesday, February 15, 2017, 12:20:35 »

Our defence in the L2 title winning season was fucking immense
None of them lasted though, did they? Caddis was the stand out but if memory serves our defensive solidity mostly came from midfield

It does go to show the importance of training  and that you don't necessarily need great defenders to defend greatly
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« Reply #14 on: Wednesday, February 15, 2017, 12:32:42 »

Flint's done alright for himself since. Same with Caddis. McCormack also played in the Championship fairly regularly. It was a solid back 4 as part of a much more solid unit.

Goes to show what good fitness and discipline can do.
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