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REACTION: Flitcroft Credits Change Of Mindset For Home Win

Read The Gaffer's Verdict On Today's Victory

30 September 2017

Swindon Town Boss Dave Flitcroft spoke to members of the local media after his side's 2-0 win against Cambridge United at The Energy Check County Ground.

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

ON THE RESULT AND PERFORMANCE:

"It is a change of mindset. I've told the players and all the staff that we've got to make it a club thing and we've got to keep clean sheets. 

"To only concede one goal from open play away and to then concede twelve at home is not acceptable and we had a good meeting on Thursday that my players and all my staff committed to for over an hour.

"I said that we had to turn words into actions and you could  at 2-0 up the defiance and the way that they wanted to keep that clean sheet.

"The clean sheet meant so much today because if you keep clean sheets then you don't lose football matches.

"It sounds pretty simple but it is really important.

"We've got to make it a club thing and people have to earn whatever they get at this football club and we've not done that.

"Out of good shape, out of good structure we created some fantastic chances and Keshi (Anderson) could have had three or four goals today.

"We created some really good chances so I'm delighted for the players because they put one hell of a shift in.

"They are continuing to do that but I've got to shift the mentality and make sure that is what Swindon Town represents.

"We are improving and I can guarantee that this group wants to get better."

ON MATTY PRESTON'S DEBUT:

"He gave us a calmness and a controlled aggressive performance. 

"It felt as though he was always in control and that's as physical a team as you will come up against in League Two.

"It is one of the biggest teams when you look at (George) Taft and (Leon) Legge, you look at Uche Ikpeazu and Jabo Ibehre and they are a huge team.

"We coped with it fantastically well."

ON KESHI ANDERSON'S GOAL:

"He plays in a really good pocket and it is very difficult for centre-halves to pick him up. 

"You could see that in the first and second-half and he almost ghosts into those positions to create chances for himself.

"It is a great ball in by Kaiyne Woolery and Keshi makes those runs and he wants to score goals."

ON HARRY SMITH'S GOAL:

"When Kesh is on the ball there is a composure to him and that is why I put Johnny G on, just to give us a little bit of calmness.

"It turned into a real League Two dogfight and Johnny just calmed the game down and that allowed Keshi to influence the game a little bit more.

"It was a fantastic pass for Harry.

"Big H put in an unbelievable shift upfront and it was a fantastic finish. He dispatched it really well."

ON JOHNNY GODDARD'S RETURN:

"He is a player who has been waiting in the wings and he was disappointed that his injury lasted so long. 

"He was a really frustrated figure over the last couple of weeks but I just felt today that he could make an impact, certainly at home and he brought a calmness to us."

ON LUKE NORRIS' INJURY:

"I've come out quickly so we haven't got the intel on that yet.

"He's in a sling so I'm presuming that his shoulder has popped out again, but I can't give you a definitive answer on that. It gave Harry a chance to come on and make a massive impact."

ON JAMES DUNNE'S SUCCESSFUL RED CARD APPEAL:

"We've been working really hard behind the scenes and our Analyst and the staff have worked really hard.

"I apologised to James because after the game (on Tuesday) I was emotional and I told him that he let the club down and let everyone down, so I was disappointed in myself. 

"We looked at it the next morning and there was an injustice to it. He actually got done for violent conduct so we went to The FA and showed that it wasn't violent conduct, he was just generally trying to push someone away.

"They have listened, it went to the appeal and it got rectified and there is justice out there sometimes."


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