Town Boss Dave Flitcroft can’t wait to see his side put on a show for the Swindon faithful this afternoon.
After opening the 2017/18 season with two long away trips, the Reds are finally back at The County Ground today with Exeter City the opponents.
Having beat Carlisle United 2-1 on the opening day, Flitcroft is now looking forward to seeing his charges produce a real committed and passionate display for the home crowd.
“It is a game we’ve been longing for, certainly for me as a manager and I know the new players want to show the town and show the fans what we’re trying to build and what we’re trying to represent,” he told swindontownfc.co.uk exclusively.
“We trained at the ground on Friday and the excitement was really building. I can’t wait and the squad is in a really good place.
“We’re just looking forward to it.
“I keep talking to players about connection and it is about how you communicate and we’re lucky to be doing what we’re doing.
“We’ve certainly got to connect with our fans and that is something I am massive on. It is the times where if we go through a tricky spell it is how we all support each other and it is how we all respect each other.
“The fans can only connect to the football if it is passionate and if it looks like we are committed to it – that’s what I’ve got to bring as leader of the football plan.
“I’ve got to make sure that is evident every Saturday when our players perform.”
“We trained at the ground on Friday and the excitement was really building. I can’t wait and the squad is in a really good place. We’re just looking forward to it.
Exeter are the visitors to SN1 this afternoon and Flitcroft was full of praise for the job opposite number Paul Tisdale has done at St James Park.
“A few years ago they were a very expansive football team, they moved the ball around the pitch with fluidity and Paul has now built more of a robust team and more of a direct team to cope with League Two and being at the right end of League Two," he added.
“He’s a fantastic football person and manager and he cares about the wellbeing of that club incredibly.
“He’s had unrivalled success in terms of developing players and developing assets. Paul develops them for the Premier League and Category One Academies and it is a testament to his staff that they’ve been able to get so many come through.”