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Garner On Northampton Test

Gaffer speaks ahead of Saturday

17 September 2021

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Swindon Town Head Coach Ben Garner is expecting a Northampton Town team that will be hard to break down on Saturday.

The Reds travel to Sixfields tomorrow to take on the Cobblers - 2pm Kick-Off - as they look to return to winning ways in the EFL Sky Bet League Two.

It has been a decent start to the 2021-22 season for Northampton who have kept five clean sheets in seven league games, and Garner is aware of just how tough a test his team faces tomorrow afternoon.

"They've had a good start to the season," Garner said at his pre-game press conference with the local media.

"Defensively they are very strong and they've had five clean sheets in seven games, so they are very well organised.

"I watched their game on Tuesday night at Newport and they are very resilient, very structured and they posed a threat constantly throughout the game.

"They are very, very good off set-pieces, they have been very effective from set-pieces this season and from long throws, so we know it is going to be a really tough game.

"However, we're unbeaten away from home in all competitions and we want to keep that record as long as we can.

"We will certainly be going there to win the game.

"We're focussing on ourselves and we need to be better in what we do in terms of reducing the effects of what the other team does, and that's been our big focus this week and that will be our focus moving forward as we head into future games.

"We're looking forward to the game and I'm fully expecting a much stronger performance this week than against Port Vale last week.

"We're not going to go away from the way that we play, that's our identity and that's the style of play we're going to have, but we just need to get better at doing it which we will do.

"We've done well largely and Port Vale was the only game this season where we felt we were a little under-par, so considering where we came from and where we started, we have to be realistic and not be too harsh on the squad and the staff.

"We're happy with the start but we now want to push on, we want to improve from here and we want to keep getting better and that starts tomorrow."

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