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Garner on Bradford test

Gaffer looks ahead to Saturday

4 March 2022

Swindon Town Head Coach Ben Garner is relishing playing in-front of a big atmosphere at Valley Parade on Saturday afternoon.

The Reds are in EFL Sky Bet League Two action tomorrow (3pm Kick-Off) when they take on Bradford City, with Valley Parade boasting attendances over 16,000 on a weekly basis.

And, rather than be afraid of playing in-front of a hostile crowd, Garner and his team will instead relish the challenge of playing in-front of a bumper crowd.

"For me personally, the bigger the crowd the bigger the occasion and the more I enjoy that for the group," Garner said at his pre-match press conference earlier today.

"I sometimes think it is more of a challenge if it is going to be a low crowd and not much of an atmosphere and you're almost trying to generate that.

"There will be a great atmosphere there, there will be a big crowd and with the game it is what you do on the pitch that controls it.

"If we go and play well and perform well, then that impacts everything and that is the only thing we can control.

"You can't control whether a crowd is going to cheer or boo, it is what you do on the pitch and that is the only thing we can control and we've got to focus on doing that well."

Bradford haven't been great at home this season but they have a new Manager in Mark Hughes, who has managed at the highest level, and Garner gave his thoughts on what Town could face from The Bantams tomorrow afternoon.

"The only way we can turn a crowd is by performing," Garner added.

"If we play well and we can get on top in the game and we can go ahead, then that obviously impacts the crowd and our aim is to always go and perform and do very well and try and win the game.

"We'll be going there to be positive and we want to win the game and we want to play our style and play our football.

"We'll certainly be going there to do that.

"They've got a good squad and if you look at them at the start of the season, they were one of the teams I felt a threat from in terms of they could really push through and challenge at the top of the league.

"For whatever reason that hasn't happened and they've had the change in Manager there now, but they've still got good depth, good quality and just look at the forward players they've got for example.

"They've got five or six front players there who are very good at the level and at a higher level, so they've got a good squad and a really experienced Manager now in Mark Hughes, and they will see that as a real coup for the club.

"The lift that a new Manager brings means we know it is going to be a tough challenge tomorrow but, as always, it is one we're looking forward to."

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