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Garner on Hartlepool test

Gaffer looks ahead to Saturday

22 April 2022

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Swindon Town Head Coach Ben Garner has given his thoughts on Hartlepool United ahead of their EFL Sky Bet League Two encounter on Saturday.

The Reds face a long trip up north tomorrow (3pm Kick-Off) with a big three points on the line, and Garner has had his say on the contest.

"They had a very, very late goal against them against Rochdale last time out, which would have been disappointing for them, but they've had a good first season back in the league after being promoted last season," Garner said at his pre-match press conference earlier today.

"They will want to finish strong now.

"They will want to turn this little run around and their home form has generally been pretty good over the season for them, so it isn't an easy place to go.

"We'll just have to focus on us and we know what we have to do to go and get a result.

"We have to go and do it.

"We need to get three points tomorrow, we need a good performance and let's get a win on the board and see where that takes us going into the last three.

"I want the players to go and enjoy themselves tomorrow and play and show what they are capable of. I know what they are capable of, I know what they can produce and we can go and win these four games.

"We've just got to believe in that and go and show that on the pitch."

Garner also revealed what his team's schedule will look like in terms of travel, with navigating a long road trip top of the priority list.

"We're following a really similar protocol to what we did at Carlisle, so we'll train early on Friday, we'll have a brunch, then we'll get on the road and we'll have a stop mid-afternoon to get more fuel in the players in terms of food," Garner added.

"Hopefully it will be a good journey and we'll arrive in time for dinner this evening.

"All being well, it will be the same protocol as Carlisle. They have a pool in the hotel so we'll have a recovery for the players when we get there, and then it will be a normal Saturday in terms of preparation that we follow for each away game."

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