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Nathan Thompson Previews Bristol Rovers Test

20 September 2016

Town Captain Nathan Thompson sat down with swindontownfc.co.uk to discuss recent results, look ahead to tonight’s game against Bristol Rovers and reflect on a special moment for his brother at the weekend…


On The 2-1 Defeat To Bury At The Weekend:


“You hit the nail on the head when you mentioned the slow start, we gave ourselves a mountain to climb at half-time.


“We know that teams are going to come here desperate for a goal and something to cling on to and we gave them the perfect opportunity to do that, so we’ve only got ourselves to blame.


“It was frustrating because the second-half performance was good and there were a lot of positives to take from that, but we’re always learning and we’ll make sure we start the game against Bristol Rovers with a lot more intensity.”


On Tonight’s Game Against Rovers:


“The manager said before the game (against Bury) that it was important we started in the same way as we did against Bristol Rovers because if we make teams penned in and we don’t give them anything to cling on to then we are going to score.


“That’s what makes Saturday even more disappointing.


“We knew when we played Bristol Rovers back in August that we would have gone on to win the game and we’re full of confidence, regardless of the fact that we’ve lost the last two games in the league.


“Tonight will be a good test for us but we are sure we can get back to winning ways.”


On Town’s Strength In-Depth:


“When you look back at last season we gave a lot of our young players the opportunity to go out and get a little bit of experience – that has stood us in good stead for this season.


“We’ve got Lloyd (Jones) coming back, Lawrence (Vigouroux) is coming back as well and Will Henry has done fantastic since he’s been in the team, so we’ve got a lot of depth in the team and we’ll go into tonight’s game with a lot of confidence.”


On His Memories of Town v Rovers Encounters:


“There was one game when we played them down at their place and Paolo Di Canio was in charge of us then.


“Lander Gabilondo missed an opportunity at the back post late in the game, I’m not sure if it was to draw or even to win the match, but I just remember the roasting he got at the end of the game in the dressing room.


“We were actually stood outside and I just remember Di Canio’s foot coming through the door because he was that angry.


“But it has been a while since we’ve played Rovers and that’s why it is nice to have the likes of Oxford and Bristol Rovers in the division this year – it gives you that extra motivation.


“We didn’t have a local derby last season to look forward to so to have so many in a short space of time has been good.”


On Louis Thompson Making His First League Appearance For Norwich City At The Weekend:


“I’ve seen the messages from Swindon fans to him after the game congratulating him and it was a lovely feeling to see that he’s still well regarded here.


“I was so proud of him and he said to me before the game that he had a good chance of at least being on the bench. I said to him that once you get your opportunity go out and stake a claim.


“He only got a couple of minutes but the manager certainly sees him in his plans and that is a massive step forward. Norwich is a big club and they’ve got the resources to bring in whoever they want and they’ve trusted in Louis, so it’s positive.


“You’ve seen the likes of Jacob and Josh Murphy go and play there and if he gets his chance then I think we all know Louis is capable of playing at that level.”


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