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WELLENS: WE LACKED RHYTHM

6 October 2019

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Richie Wellens put Swindon’s first away defeat down to a lack of rhythm as Bradford came out 2-1 winner at Valley Parade.

Town slipped to seventh in the league after Shay McCartan struck the winner in the final knockings of the game after Town had battled hard to weather a first-half storm.

Hope Apkan put the hosts in front on 69 minutes with a header from close range before Jerry Yates levelled the scoring six minutes later with a sharp turn and finish.

Wellens was disappointed his team we unable to develop their game with any ebb and flow.

“That was the poorest we’ve played this season, no doubt. First half, we didn’t pass the ball – we looked leggy, second to everything. We came under pressure but I can’t remember Luke making a save. Second half, we were better but nowhere near to the standards we’ve set.

“We’ve let a point slip because we didn’t manage the game right. Both goals, we make bad mistakes. We probably got what we deserved today. We didn’t find any rhythm.

“We’re disappointed because it would have been a good point away from home.

“We changed the shape a little bit and looked more threatening but only because we were making better decisions – we weren’t playing people into trouble.

“The performance feels like it’s come out of the blue a little bit. For me, it’s about game management and that comes from the players. We can do the tactical stuff but they have to see the picture of the game.”

Gabriel Zakuani’s signing was announced just before teamsheets were released on Saturday and Wellens was pleased with how his newest recruit adapted to his new surroundings.

“I thought he defended great – slotted in well. He’s only met the players two days ago – his experience got him through the game. At no stage did he look tired, credit to him. Him and Zeki looked comfortable from general play. They defended the box and set plays well.”


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