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Flitcroft Ready For Physical Battle At Yeovil

Gaffer Looks Ahead To Saturday's Sky Bet League Two Fixture

17 November 2017

Swindon Town Boss Dave Flitcroft is confident his side will be able to cope with the physical threat that Yeovil Town will pose tomorrow.

The Reds are back in Sky Bet League Two action on Saturday when they head to Huish Park (3pm Kick-Off), and Flitcroft wants to see a "highly competitive" display from his team. 

"They are probably a flip-reversal of where we are with our form," he said.

"They seem to get a good beating away and then they dig a result out and really find a result at home, so there is obviously resolve in there, there's character in there and there's resilience in there.

"They are as direct a team as you will find in the league and they've recruited for size and for shape and they get it forward very early. 

"We've coped very well with that with Tom Pope at Port Vale and big Adebayo Akinfenwa at Wycombe - we've coped well with that.

"We've gone through that this week and there will certainly be no surprises.

"Darren (Wray, Yeovil Manager) has had to do a job on a very limited budget and he's made brilliant use of the loan market and that is something you have to do. 

"We want to go to Yeovil and be highly competitive. 

"We've just got to make sure we're on our best performance and are competitive in every action we do."

Flitcroft has also praised two of his loanees, Timi Elsnik and Kellan Gordan, and the relationship he shares with their parent club, Derby County.

"When I look at our squad and I look at the relationships we try to build with Crystal Palace and Millwall and certainly Derby County," he added.

"They are fantastic relationships that you've got to work really hard on and Timi Elsnik and Kellan Gordon are fantastic people.

"You can see where they've come from and the character that has been instilled in them from Darren Wassall, John Barton and Craig Short who is the Loan Manager.

"We have got loads of communication with them and that is really important. 

"They send a loan signing and they want it to work, it has to work and they've almost got to feel like a Swindon Town player.

"They can't be detached from the plan and we've been able to do that.

"I've worked with loan players before where they've not worked and I look back and think is it because of the environment they've come from or is it because of their character.

"When I've had loan players from Manchester United we used to get some fantastic loan signings because Warren Joyce used to teach them right.

"Derby are trying to do that and we've also got brilliant communication with Neil Harris at Millwall and we've got brilliant communication with Mark Bright at Crystal Palace. 

"I'm hoping that our loan agreements can prove fruitful and we try and make those relationships really strong in January."


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