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Garner - We have to be up for the fight

Gaffer on Sutton game

15 March 2022

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Swindon Town Head Coach Ben Garner has told his players they need to win the battle first against Sutton United if they wish to win tonight.

The Reds are back in EFL Sky Bet League Two action later this evening when they take on the EFL newcomers, who are enjoying a fairytale season.

Playing in their first campaign in the EFL, Sutton are firmly in the promotion mix as well as having booked their place at Wembley in the Papa John's Trophy Final.

Sutton have a reputation as being one of the most physical sides in League Two and, as such, Garner knows his team won't be in for an easy night later.

"Sutton have had a phenomenal season, they really have," Garner said.

"Obviously, they’re going to Wembley now in the final of The Papa John’s Trophy and they’re still in the mix for promotion at the top of the league.

"Matt Gray has done an incredible job there, very well organised. I think they’ve got good characters and they look like they’ve got a really good team ethic there at Sutton.

"They play very well, they’re very direct, they look for the second balls, they’re good off the restarts and set-pieces and they do it well.

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"They’ve got a style of play, it’s very clear.

"Everyone knows their jobs and what they’re doing, so we have to respect that, we have to cope with it and obviously, we need to put as much of our stamp on the game as we can and get our type of football rather than theirs.

"You’ve got to battle against Sutton, you’ve got to be up for the fight, you’ve got to be willing to work because if not, they will beat anyone in this division and they have shown that regularly this season.

"They’ve done incredibly well to get promoted (last season) on the size of the club and the budget etcetera, and I’m pretty sure their aim this season would have been just to stay in the league and try and survive and they’ve overachieved without a shadow of a doubt.

"Like I say, to make Wembley as well, a really fantastic season for them, a fairytale season in many ways. So, we respect that but we don’t want them doing any better now, we want to win tomorrow night and open up a little gap above them and try and cement our place in the Play-Offs for now."


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