Swindon slumped to their fourth defeat in five games at Gresty Road on Saturday in a run of poor form that threatens to derail their League Two promotion push.
High-flying Crewe took all three points after late goals from Porter and Kirk clinched the victory and kept them top of the table.
In truth, although Swindon stayed in the game until the final few minutes, it was another poor performance in their latest defeat against one the league’s top sides. The Robins have recently come up short against Bradford City and Newport and could only manage draws with Exeter, Cheltenham and Plymouth and boss Richie Wellens is looking for an immediate improvement from his players when struggling Stevenage visit the County Ground tomorrow night.
Speaking to the Swindon Advertiser after the game he said: ‘If you take away Plymouth, our recent performances haven’t been good enough. We’re so far away from where we were at the start of the season.’
‘We were so deep – it was easy for Crewe to find pockets of space between our midfield and defence.’
‘We weren’t at the races at all. We will get a run going, that will definitely happen.’
‘But we need it to start now because we don’t want the gap between ourselves and teams at the top to get too big.’
Swindon remained in seventh after the result, but after taking just four points from their last five games, they sit second bottom of the current form table with only Carlisle United having a worse record in recent matches.
Stevenage travel to Wiltshire bottom of the League Two pile with only one league win all season for a game that looks like a must-win for Wellens and his side if they are to keep their season on track.
Crewe dominated the game on Saturday, leading to a growing feeling amongst some Swindon fans that Wellens is being found out against the better sides in the division.
But the pressure is mounting on the former Oldham boss, and he needs to get a win on Tuesday, or the alarm bells will start ringing, and some challenging questions will no doubt be asked.
They should have too much for a dire Stevenage side, but losing becomes a habit, and if the Robins don’t start the game well, a shock could be on the cards.