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REACTION: Garner - A lot of pride

Gaffer gives his verdict on City Clash

8 January 2022

Swindon Town Head Coach Ben Garner was full of pride after seeing his team give it their all against a star-laden Manchester City team at The County Ground on Friday night

With a sell-out crowd and the ITV cameras in attendance at SN1, the Reds took on an incredibly strong Sky Blues team in the Third Round of the Emirates FA Cup.

Goals from Bernado Silva, Gabriel Jesus, Ilkay Gundogan and Cole Palmer sent City through to the Fourth Round, but Harry McKirdy was on target for Town while Lewis Ward denied Jesus from the penalty spot.

It was one hell of an effort from Swindon who did the entire town proud, and Garner echoed that sentiment in his post-match press conference...


"A lot of pride in that performance.

"I thought tactically our shape was very, very good, very disciplined, very organised and I think we made it very hard for them.

"The disappointing thing was the goals we gave away in the first-half, they were very avoidable and we didn't make the right decisions and that cost us to put us two behind, which is frustrating because if they play through and open you up with 35 passes it is a little bit easier to swallow.

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"I thought second-half we were excellent, a fantastic goal, great to score and I thought we should have had a penalty as well.

"In my opinion, that's probably the best team in world football and we've just gone toe-to-toe with them. 

"We've got to take the confidence from that, we've got to take the positives and we've got to build that into our league programme now."


"We work on it in training and that wasn't something we worked on, so sometimes in the limelight you just make random decisions and unfortunately that's what we did.

"That isn't something we worked on, that isn't something we prepped on so that was frustrating.

"I understand it is a huge game for the players and sometimes things can go out of your head and you can make decisions that weren't the right ones.

"The important thing is we learn from it but, as I said, there were so many positives in there, so many outstanding performances and you look at how much that side is worth and you look at the talent on the pitch, they are fantastic and they are an absolutely fantastic football team.

"I was really proud with how we competed against them."

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"I thought our collective shape was very good, I thought we made it difficult for them to play through the middle of us and tried to force it outside and deal with that.

"I thought we had some good attacks and some good football and there were spells where we passed it well, and in the second-half I thought we were better on the transition than in the first.

"We got that first pass off a little more and really pleased with the goal and, as I said, some of the individual performances within that were very, very good as well."

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"I think it was a brilliant moment. The atmosphere within here was incredible and I would love it to be like that for every game.

"Let's try and get as many fans in here for every league game remaining this season and it was an incredible night.

"Great atmosphere and what these supporters have been through and to be able to watch, in my opinion, some of the best players in the world and for us to be able to compete against them was great. 

"I would have liked for it to have been a little bit closer or to have been in it or to have gone ahead to try and make the tie a little bit more interesting than what it was, but really proud of the efforts."

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"My hope all day was for them to be as strong as possible because when you draw Manchester City in the Emirates FA Cup, you want them to be at their best, you want them to come with their top players because that's what it is all about.

"If they would have come and made seven or eight changes, it would have taken a little edge off of it for me, and it was the same for everyone in the dressing room.

"When I went in and told them the team and put it up on the board, they were delighted and so happy and looking forward to it.

"There are players in there now who can say they've played against Kevin de Bruyne and Ilkay Gundogan, so it was a fantastic night.

"The important thing is we take the confidence from that and we push on as a group."

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