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Iandolo - We have to take our chances

Defender on City Test

6 January 2022

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Ellis Iandolo knows Swindon Town must take their chances if they have a shot at causing an upset in the Emirates FA Cup on Friday.

The Reds host Premier League giants Manchester City in the Third Round at The County Ground on Friday (8pm Kick-Off) and, despite the fact that the Sky Blues have been hit by a COVID-19 outbreak and will be missing some key players, it will still be a daunting task for Ben Garner's team.

And, speaking at his pre-match press conference, Iandolo acknowledged the fact that he and his teammates will need to make their possession count and be clinical when they do get an opportunity.

"The team has been good, we've kept this game under wraps and we've had four or five games before this week to focus on," Iandolo said.

"We have just taken every game as it comes and, to be honest, since the Northampton game this is the only time we've started to think about how we will deal with Man City and during training and working on shape and how we are going to set up.

"It hasn't been a case of thinking about this game over the last few weeks - we just take every game as it comes.

"In games like this you do need things to go your way and a little bit of luck is always nice, but you see League One and League Two teams go and beat giant teams like Man City in the FA Cup every year.

"As far as what we do when we have the ball, we have to play like we have done all season and we can't really change too much because we're set up to play in a certain way and trying to keep the ball as much as we can and taking chances is going to be important.

"We're not going to have as many and as much possession and as many opportunities at goal as we would in a normal league game.

"We know it is going to be a completely different tempo and a completely different quality to any other games we play week in and week out, and we can only do what we can in terms of trying to nullify that.

"It is about when we get the ball we make sure we're good on the ball, we're brave and not turning down forward passes or trying to notice when it is right to keep possession when they put a good press on.

"We just have to go through the game as we normally would and set up in a way that is going to be best for us.

"It is a bigger game, there will be a bigger crowd here and there will be a little bit more pressure but we're underdogs going into the game, so we've got nothing to lose and we can only go out there and showcase the best versions of ourselves and hopefully get a good result.

"We set up every game to win so I don't see why this would be any different."


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