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REACTION: Garner proud of Town after brilliant win at Rovers

Gaffer gives his verdict on derby day success

2 October 2021

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Swindon Town Head Coach Ben Garner lavished praise on his team in the wake of their superb 3-1 victory over Bristol Rovers earlier today.

On what was Derby Day, the Reds produced an outstanding performance to secure all three points and the local bragging rights.

Despite dominating first-half proceedings, Town found themselves a goal down at the break after Harry Anderson had opened the scoring for the hosts.

However, Jack Payne restored parity in the second-half and, after Alfie Kilgour was shown a second yellow card, goals from Ben Gladwin and Harry McKirdy got the job done for the Reds.

In the wake of the game, Garner sat down with the local media and gave his thoughts on what was a memorable day overall...

Garner On The Result & Performance...

"The fact that we came back in the second-half was probably most satisfying.

"I thought we played well in the first-half and we were scratching our heads a little bit on how we were 1-0 down.

"It was a lapse in concentration for the goal that made it hard, but I thought we were the team on the front foot from the first whistle to the last, we were the team attacking, we were the team trying to win the game and I thought we could have had six goals today.

"We were that good.

"We had balls flashing across the goal in the first-half, we had one-on-ones and it was pleasing to come back in the second-half, show that character and not lose our composure.

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"We kept to our game-plan, we kept plugging away and I thought it was a thoroughly deserved three points.

"Hard work on the training ground (when asked what was behind today). We train hard week in and week out, they are a great group, very attentive, want to learn, want to improve, great spirit and I think that's going to take us a long way this season.

"We had a couple of minor adjustments at half-time, just tactically, from restarts and the simple message was if we create that much in the second-half then we win the game.

"That proved to be true.

"Massive credit to the players because I thought they were outstanding today, especially in the second-half.

"I think a lot of teams would lose their way a little bit at 1-0, you start going long, you start panicking but we didn't. We kept passing the ball, we kept probing and it was a thoroughly deserved three points."

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Garner On Harry McKirdy...

"I felt we needed a spark and Harry is never going to have any fear, he's always going to work extremely hard and he's always going to make something happen.

"It is fantastic to have him back in the squad today and I felt in the week he would be a great sub coming in to the game and he made a great impact.

"He lifts people and he doesn't always make something happen, but he tries to and I'm delighted for him.

"He's worked really hard over the last couple of weeks to get back fit and delighted to have him back out there today."

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Garner On A Statement Performance...

"I think the last two weeks have been very similar. They've hardly got into our box, same last week, and that's what we want.

"We want to dominate the ball, we want to attack and we want to be the team on the front-foot. 

"I think the last two weeks we've done that but the difference today was we created more and we took our chances in the second-half.

"The performance last week was very good apart from putting the ball in the back of the net. We dominated in every single way and I wanted to make sure the players understood that it was a good performance, you don't always get the win when you play well but if we keep doing the right things and if we keep sticking with the process, then we will.

"It is fantastic to come away from home and put in such a good performance at a difficult place to come.

"The fans here are terrific, they make a great noise and really support their team and we are really looking forward to Forest Green Rovers next week."

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Garner On His Return To Rovers...

"The satisfaction was getting what we deserved. If we would have played like we did in the first-half in the second and come away with nothing, then I would have been disgruntled because we played so well.

"I'm just really pleased we got the result that reflected the game - it was a fair result and we probably should have had one or two more goals.

"As I said before the game, the focus was on us, our preparation, our process and we didn't get bogged down by anything else.

"We blocked out the noise.

"We had to walk into the ground today because our bus wasn't able to come in but we didn't let it get to us, we focussed on the game and we got a well-deserved three points.

"I'm a bit obsessive and my focus is always on what we're doing - I'm just obsessed by the game. I just focussed on that.

"We prepared in exactly the same way as we do every single week and I don't think I let anything show this week in terms of my emotion or my desire to win the game because I want to win every game.

"I don't think you can want to win more than I already do."


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