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McCormack - Game of Two Halves

31 October 2012

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TOWN skipper Alan McCormack says that Tuesday’s Capital One Cup defeat to Aston Villa was tough to take after they conceded the winner so late in the game.

Swindon battled back from two goals down to draw level only to have their joy turn to despair at the death.

“It was a game of two halves,” he said. “In the first half even though they were 2-0 up I thought we still created the better chances but they kept the ball very well, showed their quality in keeping it and making us work very hard but we had a great shape. 

“There were a couple of mistakes for the goals but it’s hard to pinpoint what we could have done better. In the second half we were superb. We absolutely dominated the second half. It’s been the story of our season so far - we dominate and thankfully this time we scored two goals to get back into it and conceded a goal at the end there which is very hard to take.”

McCormack cited Town’s lack of cutting edge in the final third as a factor in the defeat but credited his team-mates’ performance.

He continued: “They probably only had four of five chances compared to our seven, eight, nine or even ten chances. They showed their quality and composure in front of goal whereas we didn’t take a shot early enough, we missed the target at certain times, we didn’t attack the space but I’ve got to give credit to the lads. 

“Tonight we showed how good we are and how good we can be we can play at a higher level and with the backing of the support we got tonight if we fill this ground every week, we will be very hard to beat.”

Finally, the captain reserved special praise for Town’s goalscoring hero.

“I’d also like to mention Miles Storey coming on tonight,” he said. “He was absolutely superb fair play to him. He’s had to work very hard to get his chance and has had to take a lot of stick from the gaffer. People see his potential and the gaffer sees potential that’s why he’s on him to see him improve and if he keeps listening, keeps his head down and keeps taking the advice on board from everybody and keeps improving he’ll find himself playing at that level.”

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