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WELLENS: PRESSING IS OUR MOST IMPORTANT FEATURE

24 January 2019

Richie Wellens highlighted his side’s intensity as the clearest symptom of his tenure so far at the County Ground.

Pressing opposition high up the pitch has become a feature of Wellens’ style, and the way he sets his team up to do so has paid dividends in most games with chances created, if not goals scored.

Michael Doughty was the beneficiary of pressure from Keshi Anderson last time out against Tranmere, and his goal proved pivotal in the end as Town ran away 2-1 victors.

Wellens pointed out how it took pressure of his own team’s goal:

“Our intensity levels are the most important factor - when teams come on to us, we’re very, very good. We can’t improve every single aspect of the game all at once.

“I think the most important thing for me was the intensity of pressing – we don’t allow to teams to get in our final third. Against Tranmere, it was 16 minutes before my goalkeeper touched the ball and that was in a touch environment.

“We’ve got players with good energy.”

The Swindon boss was also asked about this weekend’s opponents but kept his cards close to his chest on his knowledge of Crawley...

“They are where they are because they have deficiencies, but at the same time they’ve won games in this league so they have strengths. They’ve got Palmer up front who’s the big lad, Filipe Morais is a top player with a fantastic delivery. We don’t want to go too much into detail.

“They might read this so I’ll keep it at that…”


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