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Dion Conroy on First-Leg win

Captain on Sunday's victory

17 May 2022

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Dion Conroy felt Swindon Town were deserved winners on Sunday and feels they just have to repeat their performance in the Second-Leg in order to get the job done.

The Reds beat Port Vale 2-1 in the First-Leg of their EFL Sky Bet League Two Playoff Semi-Final at The County Ground on Sunday thanks to a brace from Harry McKirdy, although James Wilson's late goal has put this tie firmly in the balance.

But, speaking to the local media after Sunday's game, Conroy made it clear that if Town can muster up a repeat performance from the First-Leg then the rest will take care of itself. 

"I thought we controlled the game very well in the first-half, second-half they were going to come at us and be a bit more direct so it was a bit more of a horrible game," Conroy said.

"We had chances and we should have probably scored another three goals at least, but it is half-time and we go again on Thursday with a half-time lead.

"We just need to put in another good performance.

"They went a bit erratic in the second-half and we didn't have the composure we needed at times and we played into their hands a little bit by not settling down on the ball.

"We can't complain, we've got the lead and, like I said, it is half-time, we go again on Thursday and hopefully get to Wembley.

"A clean sheet on Thursday and we're through. We try and get that every game and we were very frustrated with the goal.

"We didn't feel like they had anything so it was frustrating to concede the goal again, but we'll try and keep a clean sheet on Thursday and, if we do that, then we're through.

"We've played them three times now so we know what they are all about, so we have to turn up, be good on the ball and compete like we did on Sunday.

"If we compete with them, be better in the air and win second balls, then we have a good chance of winning the game so we need to match them physically and do the dirty side of the game."

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Conroy also took the time to sing the praises of his defensive partner, Mathieu Baudry, who was sensational down the stretch and was solid yet again on Sunday.

"Frenchy has always been a good player," Conroy said.

"I don't think there's anything strange about it. He's a top, top player and he's come in and grabbed his opportunity and he's taken it.

"Everyone knows how good a player he is.

"We have great chemistry and I've been unfortunate with the injuries I've had in the past and not been able to play as much as I would have liked with Frenchy, but we've always had a really good partnership and hopefully we can continue that on Thursday and get through to Wembley."


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