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Garner on Crewe and FA Cup

Gaffer speaks ahead of First Round Tie

5 November 2021

Swindon Town Head Coach Ben Garner has given his thoughts on Crewe Alexandra and the magic of the Cup ahead of this weekend.

The Reds are in Emirates FA Cup action when they take on Crewe Alexandra in the First Round of the competition on Saturday - 3pm Kick-Off - and Garner has outlined what kind of test he expects from the Railwaymen.

"We're looking forward to the game - we're excited," Garner said at his pre-match press conference earlier today.

"It is a break from the league but we want to do well in this competition and we certainly want to go to Crewe and win tomorrow.

"Crewe have got good players, they are a League One team and they've had a club identity over the years, a business model if you like and there are still some good players there.

"We know the threats they will pose and the quality they have within their squad. They are trying to get some momentum into their season and I'm sure they will be desperate to win.

"It should be a good game and one we're looking forward to.

"They've got a good mix to their game. They've got some really good footballers, especially in central midfield, but they've also got the ability to go a little bit more direct and Chris Porter is very good at the level as a target man, Mikael Mandron can either come on for him or play with him and there's a really good mix to their game.

"They've got really good creativity with the way they attack, they play in different shapes, different formations and we've looked at them in detail.

"We know the challenges we are going to face on that front, but we are also confident that we can cause them problems and can go there and win the game."

Garner also shared his memories of the FA Cup growing up, and it is a competition the Gaffer has a special connection with.

"I've got great memories as a kid," Garner continued.

"I remember FA Cup Final Day being a fantastic day growing up and the atmosphere around it and the number of TV channels back then was a lot more limited than it is now.

"The most painful FA Cup memory is 87 because I was brought up in a Tottenham household and I remember losing the 87 Cup Final to Coventry City quite vividly.

"Then a few years later beating Nottingham Forest, so those would be the two that stick in my memory as a child.

"I've got some great memories and throughout my career FA Cup games have always been great occasions, so let's hope tomorrow is another one."

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