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REACTION: Flitcroft - It Was A Collective Effort

Read The Gaffer's Verdict On Barnet Win

1 January 2018

Swindon Town Boss Dave Flitcroft sat down with the local media in the wake of our 2-1 win against Barnet earlier today.

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

ON THE RESULT AND PERFORMANCE:

"iIt was a collective effort.

"I had to use all three substitutions - I knew I would have to do that before the game because we had some tired minds.

"There was a lot of emotional energy put into the Notts County win and two games in three days takes a physical toll.

"Your bodies won't pack in but your mind might tell it to but it didn't and the lads put an incredible shift in.

"Barnet are fighting for their lives, they threw everything at us late on and we contested every ball to a man.

"To get nine points over the Christmas period is a credit to the staff who have worked incredibly hard for the football club and I want to thank them.

"The away fans were brilliant today too. They were with us every step of the way, they were with us every ball that went into our box and they almost headed it away for us.

"It was a real dogged performance and you've got to win games in different ways.

"Today we had to stand together and stand as one and we did."

ON THE DEFENSIVE PERFORMANCE:

"You've got to focus because the ball is coming in from all angles and John Akinde is a threat, he's a strong presence, he's a strong boy and they get players around him.

"I thought we kept him quiet and we contained him."

ON THE FIRST GOAL:

"There was a real bluster in the first-half and we couldn't gauge the wind - Reice (Charles-Cook) really struggled with it.

"The wind has picked the free-kick up and it has caught the keeper out - he was expecting a cross and I'm chuffed with Ellis (Iandolo).

"He's committed to everything."

ON THE SECOND GOAL:

"It was almost more of a pass, Ellis has guided it in and Matt Preston tried clearing it because it took that long to go in!

"We created some good opportunities on the counter-attack in the second-half and if we were a bit quicker we would have got in."

ON PLAYERS PUTTING A SHIFT IN:

"Mulls (Paul Mullin) has got to come on and put a shift in, Kellan Gordon has got to come on and put a shift in and I think Lancs (Olly Lancashire) epitomised it.

"He's taken one in the face and buckled his teeth and then taken another one to his face later on, but he's got up and just carried on - that epitomised what we were about today."

ON AMINE LINGANZI BEING FORCED OFF:

"It was precaution.

"He tried to walk on it at half-time and he just couldn't get it back.

"It was a little bit of a thigh strain, it tightened up and as soon as he got back out there he was struggling."


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