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REACTION: Flitcroft Delighted With His Side After Luton Win

Gaffer Gives His Verdict On 3-0 Victory

9 September 2017

Swindon Town Boss Dave Flitcroft spoke to the local press in the wake of his side's superb 3-0 win away at Luton Town in the Sky Bet League Two earlier today.

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

ON THE RESULT AND PERFORMANCE:

"I'm just delighted.

"You see this result and you would think that this happened at 3pm, but this happened after the game last week, it happened on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday in our preparation and detail and what the lads committed to.

"One thing this group isn't scared of is hard work and we'll take the criticism on the chin - it is very welcome and accepted.

"We knew going into today that we've got fantastic away form and that didn't worry us. We've come up against potentially the two best strikers in the league and we've limited them to very few chances.

"The team shape and structure was fantastic, as it has been in all three away games, and I'm just delighted with the structure of the team.

"It was the willingness to run for each other and the discipline of the shape that has got us the result today.

"I'm absolutely delighted with the players and my staff for the weeks' work we've put in and I'm absolutely delighted with the perfomance."

ON THE CLEAN SHEET:

"Lawrence Vigouroux is brilliant and when he's on it he's on it and when he's happy he's happy. 

"He's absolutely delighted and he knows the work we've put in this week and he knows what it means to come here and keep a clean sheet.

"I said before that if we could keep the clean sheet then we would win the football match, and I felt throughout the match that the solidity would give us opportunities to score and you've got to do that from a solid base and solid foundations."

ON THE PENALTY AND SENDING-OFF:

"It is 100% a penalty and I think Keshi Anderson is going to score and probably in those circumstances with the way the laws of the game are now, you are probably better letting him score and keeping eleven men on the pitch.

"As soon as Keshi was dragged down, he had a tap-in and he scores, so it was a nailed on penalty and the referee stood firm today because this a difficult place to come.

"The fans are on top of you, they are such a passionate and loyal fanbase and he has stood firm and he has got every single decision right within the laws of the game."

ON CHRIS HUSSEY'S WONDER GOAL:

"We've been looking at the data and Chris at times has been encouraged by me to get forward and probably too much in his opening five or six games, which has left us exposed at times.

"It was about picking the right moments, choosing the right moments and when he's driven towards goal he's got that real energy to get forward and the finish is one you would expect from a top, top striker or a top, top wide player.

"If that goal would have happened in the Premier League then we would be drooling over it, so hopefully he will get the credit he deserves.

"It just opened up for him and it kept opening up, opening up and he had the ability to curl it into the top corner.

"It was a fantastic, fantastic solo goal.

"Defensively I'm happy with the performance from Chris today and from all of the team, particularly the defenders and Vigs.

"I thought they looked strong as a unit, they looked sound and they stayed in their shape a lot better.

"When you've got the work and the commitment from the boys then it makes defending easier."

ON CHANGES MADE:

"Keshi (Anderson) took a bit of a whack earlier in the week, we protected his ankle all week and we thought we would save his legs for Tuesday.

"I wanted to get Kellan Gordon on and give him a feel of what it means. 

"Timi Elsnik said he never had to work as hard to get a result and he understands what it means when there's a cause and you are running for other people.

"He just ran himself into the ground.

"Nozza came off with a bit of a knock on his ankle and it is quite swollen and cut. Matty Taylor came on and he did a job for the team."

ON HIS TEAM SELECTION:

"We've been looking at things in training and Dunney (James Dunne) away from home, the way that he plays with aggression and on the front-foot, I felt it was important that he came back in.

"He got left out a couple of games and his attitude to being left out was outstanding.

"Everyone has got a fair and equal chance of playing for Swindon Town if they display the right attitude and application in training, which these boys are."


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