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Ritchie - We Lacked Quality

26 November 2012

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MATT Ritchie was left scratching his head as to how Swindon did not score at Notts County on Saturday.

Speaking to the official website after the 1-0 defeat, the wide-man said that the weather conditions were no excuse for Town failing to put the ball in the back of the net.

“I’m not sure how we haven’t scored today,” he said. “We created a lot of chances but obviously we lacked a bit of quality in the final third and when you come to places like this you need to finish your chances.

“It was a hard, wet pitch which should have been good for us. We tried to get the ball down and pass it. I don’t think the conditions played against us - I think if anything they were probably good for us.”

When Town did manage to get efforts in on target, they found County goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski in inspired form as he made several fine saves to deny them.

He said: “Obviously he made a couple of good saves the keeper but we need to be a bit more damaging in the final third. I had a couple of shots but nothing really too troubling for the goalie. I need to do better and I think in the final third we maybe just lacked a little calmness and maybe a bit of quality.”

“There’s no fixture next weekend so I’m sure it will be a tough week of training. We can get our heads down and work hard. It’s a shame not to go into it off the back of a win but we’ll go into it and work hard. We’ll hopefully get some good fitness under our belt and crack on with the rest of the season.”

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