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REACTION: Flitcroft Praises Town's Tough Underbelly

Read What The Gaffer Thought Of Forest Green Victory

13 January 2018

Swindon Town Boss Dave Flitcroft sat down with the local media in the wake of our 1-0 victory against Forest Green Rovers earlier today.

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

ON THE RESULT AND PERFORMANCE:

"I looked at half-time at the first two shots that (Brad) Collins had saved off Keshi (Anderson) and they are good saves.

"You come in at half-time at 0-0 and Forest Green never threatened us in the first-half and Reice (Charles-Cook) didn't have a shot to save in the first-half.

"We felt really comfortable defensively and we carved out two or three really good chances. 

"The game started off scrappy, it was a wrestle and no one certainly wanted to lose the game, but then the last twenty-minutes of the first-half I felt we totally bossed it and got some good chances. 

"We should have gone in with a lead.

"Second-half again was very scrappy, it was a wrestle and Forest Green are the biggest team that we've played this season.

"Notts County were a big side but when you see the big boy (Emmanuel) Monthe at left wing-back, you know you are in for a real physical day and the lads matched them physically and technically at times we looked really good.

"I'm delighted with the score, delighted with the three points and second-half Reice (Charles-Cook) hasn't had much work to do - that's credit to the back-three players and I thought they were fantastic.

"Christian Doidge and Reuben Reid are going to cause problems for teams in this league but we shackled them and we didn't let them get anywhere near our goal.

"Full credit to the team for the way they defended and the willingness to put themselves on the line to improve our home form.

"It has started with a clean sheet."

ON THE GOAL:

"It was a strange one.

"I'm not too sure how Mulls (Paul Mullin) didn't finish it and then Luke (Norris) has done it all season - he's been around the goals.

"He can score all sorts of goals and winning goals are the best for any striker to score.

"Nozza got us another one."

ON KAIYNE WOOLERY'S DISPLAY:

"He is improving on that (his strength).

"We've got benchmarks and we profiled Kaiyne when he first came in and he was under where we wanted him to be.

"It was always about developing Kaiyne to realise his potential and it is going to take time and it is going to take patience."

ON OLLIE BANKS' DEBUT:

"Ollie came in today and just looked a top, top player.

"I've seen a lot of him, I've watched him a lot and his desire to come down here and play for us was unbelievable.

"He couldn't wait to get down here. He realised the size of the club and he realised the potential of what we can hopefully achieve this season.

"He just wanted to be a part of it.

"I got him in on Wednesday night and about sixteen of the lads went out to celebrate Kaiyne Woolery's birthday on Thursday.

"Olly Lancashire invited Ollie out and he said after that he's never been settled into a group as quick or as fast.

"That helped in his performance today and he covered every blade of grass but he did it with an elegance and a quality.

"I was delighted with his debut."

ON BEING WITHOUT AMINE LINGANZI:

"Amine has had a scan. There is a tear on his quad and I don't think he'll be back in two weeks.

"It has probably come at the wrong time, his physicality would have been fantastic against Forest Green but we didn't have him.

"Keshi Anderson battled, scrapped and did all the ugly things that you need to do to get a clean sheet."

ON BACK-TO-BACK HOME WINS:

"It is good.

"We've tried to do everything possible to win for our home fans and the players have been hurting this season when they haven't done. 

"They've been fantastic the last two games to dig in and get two clean sheets at home.

"We'll keep working at it and keep trying to improve it.

"We've got to keep working on it and that's what we'll do."


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