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Ben Garner's Pre-Sutton Presser In Full

Read the thoughts of the Gaffer prior to KO

19 October 2021

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Swindon Town Head Coach Ben Garner has given his views ahead of tonight's clash against Sutton United in the EFL Sky Bet League Two.

The Reds will be looking to maintain their stellar away record at the VBS Community Stadium later (7:45 Kick-Off), and Garner sat down with the local media on Monday to discuss the contest.

Here are his thoughts in full...

Garner On Team Selection...

"Anthony Grant is back in with us (on Monday) and everyone else is obviously already back in the building and back up to speed.

"We trained on Sunday, we train again on Monday and we're back as a group and it is good to have that depth again.

"Everyone is fit and Jordan Lyden is fit and he's in a good place.

"He's missed a lot of football but he had a good hour at Plymouth in midweek and it was just a fact of picking a squad for the weekend.

"Unfortunately he was one that missed out but he's doing really well in training and that is the quality we've got within the squad."

Garner On Sutton United...

"They are in fantastic form and they are having a brilliant season.

"They've probably surprised themselves with how well they've adapted to life in League Two, so we go there with full respect for their form, how they are playing and what they are doing.

"We'll certainly be going there with a lot of humility and understanding what a tough game it will be. 

"They are a strong team, physically powerful and they work really hard for each other, they look really well organised, they play for territory really well with long throw-ins, they work the line really well and they've been very, very effective from set-pieces.

"50 percent of their goals have come from throw-ins and set-pieces, so we go there with full respect for what they do and how they play.

"However, we'll certainly be looking to impose our game in a very different style of play to what they do, but we've got to try and impose that on the game as best as we can.

"They are a unique team in that they've got their own strengths and their own attributes, they are well organised, they clearly work very hard for each other and they've been very effective in what they do.

"We have to respect that, we have to deal with that and the challenge for us is doing what we believe in and doing what we believe is the best way for us to go and win the game.

"I'm confident we can go and do that on Tuesday night and come away with another three points away from home.

"I always love games under the lights, it will be a good crowd there, a good atmosphere, I know we've sold out again, we're taking a fantastic away following once again and I think it will be a good game.

"Hopefully we can perform well and come away with the win we want.

"I actually retired as a player at 20, 21 and a friend of mine was at Sutton at the time and he talked me out of retirement a year or so later to go and play down there and do a bit of coaching.

"I did a bit of coaching with the youth team and played a little bit in their reserve side for a period. I already started coaching at Crystal Palace and couldn't commit to the two evenings a week for the first-team, but I really enjoyed my couple of seasons I had there.

"There's a lot of good people at the club, a lot of good players that have come through there and it is a club I know well.

"I know Bruce the Chairman really well, it is a well-run club and I was delighted to see them get into the Football League and I'm pleased they've had such a strong start, but hopefully we can derail that a little bit on Tuesday night."

Garner On Emirates FA Cup Draw...

"I never read too much into a draw, it is what it is.

"I think it's a good game, it is away at League One opposition so fantastic, but we won't be paying attention to that game until we get to that point.

"We've got three important league games coming up, we'll be fully focussed on them and once they are out of the way and hopefully we've got more points on the board, then we'll turn our focus to Crewe.

"In League One there are some huge clubs in there now and you've got huge clubs, huge fanbases, massive stadiums but then you've got bottom end of League One and the top end of League Two is pretty similar.

"There's not a great deal in it and that has been proven by teams that have gone up from League Two recently and have adapted very well to life in League One and, in some cases, have actually gone straight through to the Championship.

"It is on the day which teams perform but we'll be going there full of confidence and we'll be going to try and win the game.

"I was probably the only Manager in the country who wanted an away draw at the moment, but it will be a good game and we'll focus on that once we get to that point."


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