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Garner - Orient are a good, good team

Gaffer on Tuesday's test

7 December 2021

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Swindon Town Head Coach Ben Garner knows his team will have to be at their best against a tough Leyton Orient team this evening.

The Reds are in EFL Sky Bet League Two action later this evening when they take on the O's at the Breyer Group Stadium - 7:45pm Kick-Off.

Orient are currently sitting just outside of the Playoff places but they are among the highest scorers in the EFL Sky Bet League Two, while they have been very good at home so far this season.

Also boasting a plethora of very good players, including former Reds Lawrence Vigouroux and Harry Smith, Garner is aware of the test awaiting his side this evening.

"It was a fantastic result for them on Saturday and they are a good side, as you'd expect from a Kenny Jackett team," Garner said at his pre-match press briefing.

"They are very well organised, they have a really good structure to their team, they work really hard and press very well without the ball and are very good on transitions and can play through the pitch very quickly.

"They are organised from set-plays and their long throws are a threat as well, so they are a good, good team and they had a bit of investment in the summer.

"They've got some good players, they've got some really good players for the level and we know it is going to be a really, really difficult game, but one we're looking forward to.

"They are a team that punish mistakes, they are ruthless so we've got to be very good with the ball.

"They press well but we need to be brave and play our game and try to expose spaces that they perhaps leave behind the press, but our concentration levels have certainly got to be very, very high and our focus from throw-ins and set-pieces will have to be very, very good.

"They are a very good side and we have to be right on the money to go there and win, but we've got the capability to go and do that.

"We'll go there with the momentum that we've got at the moment and try and get another three points."

Harry Smith, who spent a stint on loan at The County Ground during the 2017-18 season, has nine goals so far this season and Garner knows he will be a threat that will need to be contained tonight.

"He's had a really good season so far," Garner added.

"Played against him last season when he was at Northampton so I know what he's about, know what his strengths are and we're well aware of him, as we are of all of their players.

"We'll have a gameplan in terms of how we're going to play going there but, as always, we have to do what we do well and make sure our performance levels are right and our focus is right."


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