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ALZATE: EVERYONE WAS UP FOR IT FROM THE START

23 September 2018

Steven Alzate felt that Swindon managed the conditions well as they romped to a 3-0 away win against Yeovil.

Alzate scored his first goal for Town, a 25-yard piledriver, which kickstarted a half-hour spell in which the visiting Robins scored three.

His goal ended Yeovil’s record of six games, over 10 hours of football, without conceding a goal stopping them from achieving their best defensive run in 22 years.

It was a blustery and sodden day in Somerset, and Alzate dedicated the hard-fought win to the supporters, who were left to be drenched in an uncovered stand at Huish Park.

“The conditions weren’t the best – the pitch was a bit wet. I felt like we managed the game well and we were on the front foot. Toumani (Diagouraga) is very experienced and speaks to me during the game so he allows to go forward as he sits, so I like playing with him.

“I thought our pressing was on point – from the first whistle you could tell everyone was up for it.

“We saw the stats, that they haven’t conceded in quite a while and they won 6-0 in their last game, so we knew it’d be tough but we were on the front foot and, well, what a win.

“That win goes to the supporters – they’ve come all this way today so credit to them.”

On his goal, Alzate said that it was, manager, Phil Brown’s instructions and inspiration that allowed the team to break Yeovil’s defence down but says he was unsure of how to celebrate.  

“I saw the gap open up and I had to let it go, especially with a surface like this, you’ve got to, and with the pitch wet, the skid will take it in. I get goals, but I get my assists as well but I still try and bring goals to the team.

“The Gaffer told us at half-time that if we get the chance to shoot then just shoot and that’s exactly what we did.

“Before the game, we saw that they hadn’t conceded but we’ve got goals in our team and the Gaffer said to express yourself and that’s what we did.

“I didn’t know whether to knee-slide or celebrate with the boys – I went over to the boys but when Tails (Matty Taylor) scored we went crazy.”

Alzate has been involved in every game for Swindon this season and, reflecting on his time in SN1 so far, he said he feels settled in his loan spell.  

“I feel like I’ve settled in well – the team’s done alright and we’ve got to keep that up. Personally, I just want to get more games in me and get goals and assists. I’m enjoying it, I feel like I’m doing alright but I’ve got to keep it up.

“We don’t want to get too complacent – we’ve got seven or eight very good midfielders fighting to start but even the players that don’t start are backing us. We’re all one team and they’re encouraging us from the side and when they get the opportunity they take it.”

 


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