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REACTION: Flitcroft Proud Of Town's Response Against County

Gaffer Gives His Verdict On Today's Win

30 December 2017

Swindon Town Boss Dave Flitcroft spoke to the local press in the wake of our superb 1-0 win against Notts County this afternoon...

Here are the key points from what he had to say...

ON THE RESULT AND PERFORMANCE:

"The players stuck to the task at hand, whereas against Luton we decided to come off what the task was and what the game-plan was.

"Today we've seen it through and we had to endure seven, eight, nine minutes of extra-time and it shows you the character of the squad to get so much stick after the Luton game, and rightly so, to then come and stand and fight as one. 

"We were very united on the football pitch and that's what pleases me most about the group. 

"That last ten, fifteen minutes Keshi (Anderson) is making blocks and Reice (Charles-Cook) has had one save to make all game, he's focussed on it and it was a wonderful save.

"He wanted to protect his clean sheet that he absolutely deserved today.

"We stuck to the task and by staying functionally good and structurally good then you will have an opportunity to win football matches. 

"We've changed up the set-pieces and we've looked a lot better from that over the last three or four games, so that doesn't concern me as much now.

"The change of shape probably helped as well playing against Jon Stead who has tore this league up this season - he's been brilliant for Notts County.

"I thought the three lads - Robbo (Chris Robertson), Lancs (Olly Lancashire) and Preston (Matt Preston) - certainly delivered a real mans' performance in the way that they shackled Stead and the way that they coped with him because everything is directed through him.

"I thought Dunny (James Dunne) was almost like a man possessed in the middle of midfield and he made sure that Keshi (Anderson) and Amine (Linganzi) was on track and he led them.

"Nozza (Luke Norris) was a leader upfront and Kaiyne Woolery just doesn't give you a moments peace if you are a centre-half.

"The focus was possibly the best it has been this season."

ON CHANGES MADE:

"If you keep doing the same things then you will get the same results.

"We've looked long and hard at us and I felt as though the players coming in today, certainly Kyle (Knoyle) and Ellis Iandolo, would go out there and give us some energy and not think about the past.

"I said to the boys today that we are entering into a new era in terms of the second part of the season, we're right at the halfway line and we'll draw a line in the sand and see how many games we can now win at home. 

"It was a different way of thinking today but the lads need to take all the credit because that is a good Notts County team who have come here and we have completely shackled them and taken three points off them."

ON BARNET NEXT: 

"We've got recovery tomorrow with the players and then planning for the Barnet game (on Monday).

"We'll get the players recovered and ready to go again."


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