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Garner on Colchester Test

Gaffer looks ahead to Saturday

28 January 2022

Swindon Town Head Coach Ben Garner says his team will be well prepared to deal with Colchester United's threats on Saturday afternoon.

The Reds are in EFL Sky Bet League Two action at the JobServe Community Stadium tomorrow (3pm Kick-Off), and Garner outlined what he expects to see from the U's.

"We've watched the recent games, more so the last game because of Hayden Mullins leaving and Wayne Brown coming in as Interim Manager," Garner said at his pre-game Press Conference.

"There is always that change in style a little bit and Wayne wanting to get his ideas across, and you could see that in the Salford game.

"You could see a little shift in the way they play, the way they went about things and they did very well, it was a fantastic result away from home for them.

"They've brought John Akinde in and they are looking to strengthen their group, same as we are.

"They've had a clear identity as a group this year in terms of being a strong counter-attacking team, they break through the pitch very, very quickly, they've got players with desire to run forward, they've got players with clever movement in forward areas to release and get on to things and that's been their identity this season.

"It is one that we'll be well prepared for and whether players come into the team on the back of last week or whether they go with the team that finished the game after doing so well, we'll have to wait and see.

"We don't know until that whistle goes. They might come and press higher up the pitch or they might sit in a lower block and try to counter-attack and use the space.

"Being at home, there might be a different shift compared to how they played at Salford last week, so we have to prepare for all those eventualities and be prepared to cope with whatever is thrown at us and impose ourselves on the game.

"The way we look to play and the way we want to go about things doesn't change week-to-week in terms of our style and our identity.

"That was a really pleasing thing from last week because we were nowhere near our levels against Bristol Rovers last week, and I thought Bristol Rovers played very well yet we still had more shots, more shots on target, more corners and we should have won on Expected Goals.

"That's a fantastic sign that we haven't hit our levels by a long way and we can play so much better with the ball, yet we probably should have still won the game.

"That competitiveness, that organisation and that desire is going to be key for us moving forwards because you aren't always going to be at your best every single game."

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