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Garner On Stevenage Test

Gaffer gives his thoughts ahead of KO

29 December 2021

Swindon Town Head Coach Ben Garner has given his thoughts on Stevenage ahead of tonight's game at The County Ground.

The Reds are finally back in action tonight (7:45pm Kick-Off) following an enforced break, and Garner spoke to the local media before the game. 

"They obviously had the change in manager and I was disappointed to see Alex (Revell) go, I thought he did well there at the end of last season and started this season quite well before having a difficult spell," Garner said.

"You would like to see managers given the time to work through that spell and try and come out the other side of it, but Paul Tisdale has come in and I thought they played really well against Salford last week.

"He's come in and it takes a little bit of time to get your ideas across.

"Paul is obviously a very experienced manager in this league and he's had promotions previously, but they played well at Salford and I think they were very unlucky not to come away with something from the game.

"I still think they've got a good squad, they've got some decent experience and a nice mix with some younger ones, so probably in these next three or four weeks for all teams, we don't know what team they are going to put out because we don't how they've been affected by COVID-19 and injuries and what that is going to mean to them in terms of who plays and what shape they play.

"It will be interesting to see when we get the teamsheet."

Garner also commented on Stevenage striker Elliott List, a player he was aware of during his time at Crystal Palace.

"Elliott was at Crystal Palace when I was there but he didn't really fall into my age groups or my teams," Garner said.

"He's done very well, he moved on to Gillingham and he's gone on to start forging a good career for himself, so it has been good to see him do that as well as James Daly, who was at Crystal Palace who I had at Bristol Rovers.

"It is pleasing to see those players going on to have careers in the game and, after tonight's game, I wish them the best for the rest of the season."

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