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Garner - We're going to have to scrap and fight for everything

Gaffer previews Carlisle

18 February 2022

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Swindon Town Head Coach Ben Garner knows his team need to be prepared to battle with Carlisle in the trenches if they are to come away with a big three points on Saturday.

The Reds make the long trip to Brunton Park tomorrow in the EFL Sky Bet League Two - 3pm Kick-Off - and the hosts are fighting for survival after losing four straight.

As a result, every single game is now vital for Carlisle who need every point they can get if they are to avoid dropping out of the English Football League.

Likewise, every game is crucial for Town in their bid to get back into the Playoffs and try to secure an immediate return to League One and, as a result, Garner has told his players that they will have to roll their sleeves up and win the battle before they can win the war tomorrow, while also reflecting on his Crystal Palace days with United Boss Keith Millen.

"I know Keith well. He's a good guy and we had a couple of really good seasons together at Crystal Palace," Garner said.

"He's a good football man, he's been in the game a long time and he's very, very experienced.

"He's a good coach, he'll have Carlisle well-organised and, similar to Scunthorpe last week, they are fighting for their lives and they are scrapping for every point.

"We know going there that we are going to have to fight and scrap for absolutely everything on that pitch tomorrow.

"But, like Scunthorpe and like the remaining games this season, we are going there to attack, we are going there to be brave and to play our football and we want to come back with the three points.

"They changed shape last week and got a good point at Colchester and scored two good goals, and I think they'll be very pleased with that point.

"You always look at what is in front of you, what you see from the games, what the data is telling you and from that you base what you think they are going to do on what their strengths are and where we feel we can hurt them and we go there with a game plan to win the game."


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