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Williams Looks Ahead To Vale Test

10 March 2017

Town Head Coach Luke Williams is expecting a tough test at Port Vale tomorrow but is confident his side can recapture their recent good form.


Swindon head to Vale Park on Saturday (3pm Kick-Off) looking to secure what would be a huge three points and they will be hoping to get back to winning ways after giving up their three-game unbeaten run last weekend following a 1-0 defeat to Chesterfield.


“We did everything in the last four games to get all the points and we won two that we deserved to win,” Williams said at his pre-match press conference earlier today.


“We can say that we deserved to beat Oldham, we created all the chances, they had none and we defended well and attacked well, but not well enough to score.


“It is fair to say that we did everything to win the game against Chesterfield, we had twenty attempts on their goal and they had one on target out of four, so we did everything to expect to win the game.


“It was very disappointing but the performances should give us confidence that we can dominate the game, we can create chances and we can limit the opposition but we just need to take the chances when they come.


“I think we have performed to the very highest standard in the last four games and it isn’t too common to see a team who are below the dotted line perform and dominate the game so much, create so many chances and really limit the other team to next to nothing, so huge credit to the players for that.


“They are certainly showing that they are up for the fight and they don’t feel in any way that this is over.


“We know tomorrow is going to be very tough because Port Vale are in a position where they need to try and take points from every single game.


“They’ve got some physicality, strength and power about them and I’m sure they will be organised.


“The staff are very aware of League One and how to try and make a team organised to be in the correct positions and how to defend well against you.


“They will be difficult to play against and they will try and break quickly with pace and power, so it will be very difficult.


“The pitch will be difficult to play on because you don’t play on a pitch that big all year and they are going to be a good team who are fighting for every point.


“We have to be ready to face that again.”


And Williams also lavished praise on Tom Ouldridge, Scott Twine and Jordan Simpson after the trio were offered professional contracts with the club earlier this week.


“First of all, a massive achievement for those boys and I’m really so pleased for them,” he added.


“I’m very disappointed for the boys that didn’t make it. I watched the boys train a lot and I saw a few games and they are an honest group and they worked hard.


“It is part and parcel of football so I’m gutted for those boys and delighted for the three that have been given their contracts.


“I’m sure we will get to have a look at the boys in the coming weeks and months and we’ll see what they’ve got to offer.”


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