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Jones Relishing Rovers Clash

26 August 2016

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Lloyd Jones can’t wait to sample the atmosphere of a ‘West Country Derby’ for the very first time on Saturday and is targeting a second successive victory for the Robins.

The on-loan Liverpool defender – who arrived at SN1 earlier this month on a season-long deal -  made his home bow last time out against Port Vale as Town made it two 1-0 wins on the trot at the County Ground.
Having not experienced the competitive nature of a local rivalry too many times in his fledgling career, Jones is itching to get involved in the thick of the action come 3pm on Saturday.

“I played for Cheltenham against Oxford when I made my league debut and that was quite a decent derby, but it won’t be as big as this one,” he told

“I really like the big games so I’m looking forward to Saturday.

“Nathan Thompson has said that Bristol will probably bring a lot of fans and we’re expecting a lot of Swindon fans, so it will be interesting to see what turns up on Saturday.

“Derbies are always a bit different and it will be a tough challenge. The game will be a bit spicy and a bit grittier, but we’ve just got to play like we did for the first 30 minutes against Port Vale and if we do that then we’ve got a really good chance.”

Jones was crowned Town’s Man of the Match last time out following a very accomplished display at the back during the 1-0 victory over Port Vale, and the 20-year-old is loving every minute of his time at SN1.

“I thought we were very solid defensively (on Saturday) and the clean sheet is always nice but from watching Swindon over the last few games, that’s not the way we like to win games.

“But in this league you need to roll your sleeves up sometimes to get the result you need.

“I did alright but I thought everyone played really well and I was lucky enough to get Man of the Match.

“I’m really enjoying it here. I’m really rating this team and I think we can do a lot this year if we keep at it.

“I’m just really looking forward to the season.”

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