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Garner - We need to have no fear

Gaffer on Salford test

25 February 2022

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Swindon Town Head Coach Ben Garner wants his team to play without fear when they take on Salford City on Saturday afternoon.

With three straight wins under their belt - scoring 11 goals and keeping three clean sheets in the process - the Reds are full of confidence as they chase another victory tomorrow (3pm Kick-Off).

It won't be an easy test, though, given that Salford are on the cusp of the Play-Off places and are in need of a big three points, but Garner knows it is all about his team as they turn the focus to tomorrow's contest.

"Quite easily, the players are in a good place but we know what we want to achieve now," Garner said when asked about turning their focus to Salford.

"We enjoyed it (5-0 home victory vs Walsall) post-game but then there was a clear message that Salford starts now in terms of everything that we do after that final whistle in terms of our recovery, in terms of our nutrition, in terms of our sleep and obviously in terms of our training and preparation.

"That’s going to dictate how we do on Saturday against Salford. Like I say, we’ve had a pretty steady process, a consistent approach all season and that will continue regardless of results, regardless of performances.

"We analyse, we improve, but we maintain that sort of balance to our work and consistent approach.

"Mentality wise, we seem in a really good place. Obviously, really pleasing in the last three games. Really strong performance Tuesday night, it’s important we take the confidence from that, we take the momentum from that, but we’re fully aware that Saturday is a completely different game, a completely new game and we’re starting from scratch and we’ve got to do it all over again.

"Yeah, it was a really tough game (the last outing against Salford), a very hard-fought 1-0 win. Obviously, they’re a very well backed club who’ve got a big squad, a strong squad. There’s certainly been a change in style from when we played them earlier in the season to how they’re playing now, but they’re on the edge of the Play-Offs and obviously looking to push on and they’ll have ambitions to do that, so, you know, they’ve recruited in January and that’s given them a focal point in terms of Matt Smith that they brought in and they’re a good team.

Experienced, lots of depth there and a good manager in Gary Bowyer, so, we’re well aware of what a tough challenge it's going to be.

"As always, we need to fully respect that but certainly have no fear whatsoever and go in and impose ourselves and play our game."

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