Lawrence Vigouroux sounds like a Vaudeville act, a comedy juggler perhaps.
He’s actually a very good goalkeeper. A Chilean who arrived in Swindon via Liverpool, Spurs and Hyde United, but his match-losing blooper today (October 10) suggests he has Scottish as well as South American blood in him.
Keepers comfortable with the ball at their feet are important in the modern game. Vigouroux usually is apparently, but his attempt at controlling a poorly hit backpass five minutes into the second-half is destined to become an out-take classic. He tried to dodge past on-rushing Posh striker Lee Angol, but left the ball behind him. Angol walked the ball into the net to claim the easiest of his five goals in six games - one that ultimately sealed a third straight away win for Posh and continued their impressive, and rapid, march up the League One table under new manager Graham Westley.
It’s 18th to eighth now in just four games and one of those was lost. A month ago one would have thought that Yin and Yang had more in common than Westley and Grant McCann (the man who felt Posh could exploit a ball-playing goalkeeper), but, for now at least, they are a better double act than Ant & Dec.
Many are saying that this is the weakest League One for many years and they may have been right even before Burton Albion hit the top and Tyrone Barnett started scoring regularly. They are most definitely right if they’re using Swindon Town as a yardstick.
True the Robins had an unavailability list today which would have troubled teams with less reliance on the loan system, but this is still a pale shadow of the stylish squad which graced this division last season. One that would surely have been streaking clear at the top had they stayed together rather than been sold off.
But none of that need concern Posh who are playing with confidence and freedom. The tactical strait-jacket that caused so mush early-season frustration has been discarded. They weren’t great here - and there was very little of the attacking tempo and flair on view in the previous match - but they got the job done with a goal either side of half-time from Jon Taylor and Angol and by digging in for the final 20 minutes after Michael Bostwick had headed into his own net.
It was a nervy finale which a more confident team than Swindon could have expolited, Instead they shot wildly from the edge of the area or delayed their shots so long that Posh central defenders Gaby Zakuani and Ricardo Santos were able to block the route to goal. For all their possession in dangerous areas, the home side made Posh ‘keeper Ben Alnwick make just one save all game and that arrived early on when he fumbled a dipping, swerving shot from Ben Gladwin around the post.
Gladwin, who returned to Swindon on loan from QPR 24 hours before the game, made life difficult for Posh in the opening half an hour, by regularly escaping his markers.
Posh left their top attacking player Marcus Maddison on the substitutes’ bench to protect a flimsy ankle and they struggled to penetrate, or even pass to each other accurately, as the match meandered along with seemingly little danger of exciting action.
Angol did head a whipped cross from Taylor over the bar, but once the latter’s speculative strike thudded into the post midway through the half, Posh improved and bossed the ball for the latter part.
They were still patient, but they were more accurate and the ball struck better up top. Chris Forrester, who started at the tip of the midfield diamond in the absence of Maddison, but was soon playing on the left side, saw a left-foot shot parried by Vigouroux before his pass inside to Jermaine Anderson was played on first-time into the path of Taylor who shot left-footed through the legs of the home ‘keeper seven minutes before the break.
Swindon switched players around for the start of the second-half, but a bright opening was ruined by a goal-keeping howler and Posh really should have gone on to overwhelm a team that hasn’t won at home since the opening day of the season.
Instead they became sloppy on the ball and made poor decisions when further scoring opportunities did arrive. Angol and Taylor both burst impressively into the penalty area only to fail to pick out well-placed team-mates. Possession was lost when patience was lost as Posh made unnecessarily difficult attempts to claim a third goal.
All through the second-half Swindon suggested they were capable of scoring. They found joy out wide and Gladwin often found space on the edge of the Posh penalty area, but precision was absent. James Brophy missed the best opportunity on the hour mark after breezing inside Michael Smith.
And after Bostwick blundered by heading Anton Rodgers’ free-kick into his own net Posh had to survive a couple of scrambles which Zakuani with a great block and Santos with a timley tackle just managed to repel.
But survive Posh did to make it nine points from 12 under Westley and four wins out of six since a change of manager was enforced.
Swindon’s former Posh boss Mark Cooper is now thought to be under pressure. Presumably because it’s more difficult to sack a goalkeeper.
Posh: Ben Alnwick: Michael Smith, Callum Elder, Ricardo Santos Almeida, Gaby Zakuani, Michael Bostwick, Jon Taylor, Jermaine Anderson, Chris Forrester (sub Jack Collison, 68 mins), Lee Angol, Conor Washington (sub Souleyman Coulibaly, 75 mins). Unused substitutes: Dion-Curtis Henry, Alex Davey, Marcus Maddison, Andrew Fox, Leo Da Silva Lopes.
Swindon: Lawrence Vigouroux, Louis Thompson, Raphael Branco, Brandon Ormonde-Otewill (sub Henrik Ojamaa, 83 mins), Adam El Abd, Anton Rodgers, Drisa Traore (sub Ellis Iandolo, 68 mins), Nicky Ajose, James Brophy, Jermaine Hylton (sub Will Randall, 80 mins). Unused substitutes; Tyrell Belford, Momar Bangoura, Jeremy Balmy, Lee Marshall.
Goals: Posh - Taylor (38 mins), Angol (51 mins).
Swindon - Bostwick (og, 73 mins).
Cautions: Posh - Bostwick (foul), Alwnick (time wasting).
Swindon - Brophy (foul).
Referee: Andrew Madley 7
Attendance: 7,025 (439 Posh).