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Garner - It will be a tough game

Gaffer on Saturday

6 May 2022

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Swindon Town Head Coach Ben Garner refuses to take Walsall lightly and knows his team will be in for a tough encounter on Saturday.

The Reds head to The Bank's Stadium on Saturday knowing three points will secure a place in the EFL Sky Bet League Two Playoffs, and maybe more if results elsewhere go their way.

However, and while they've not got anything to play for, the Saddlers have won five out of their last six home games and will provide Town with a very tough test, according to Garner. 

"They've won five out of their last six at home and they've got a really good and really experienced manager at this level in Michael Flynn," Garner said.

"They've got a good squad there. They've got some good players and their home form has been really good, but they just haven't quite clicked away from home in recent weeks.

"I'm sure Michael will have a lot of optimism looking ahead to next season now in terms of building what he wants there.

"It will be a tough game. We will need to go and play well in order to achieve the result and hopefully we can do that.

"I think they will provide lots of challenges. There is good quality throughout their squad, good characters within their squad and a really good manager.

"They will be really well organised, they have a structure to what they do and they are normally inventive and creative from set-pieces, so we will have to be aware and on our toes with that.

"It will be a tough game without a shadow of a doubt.

"It is their last home game and they will want to put on a show for their supporters in the last game. Their home form has been really, really good, as has our away form, so it should make for a great game."

Garner also commented on how his players have approached this week, in addition to making sure they focus on the task at hand during tomorrow's game.

"It has been a good week," Garner added.

"The players have trained well and prepared well. We had the Awards Presentation Night during the week, which was good, and it has been a good week.

"There's been no difference in how they've trained to what we've done all season, so I always look for red flags or warning signs and there hasn't been any. 

"It has been a really good week and hopefully we can take that into tomorrow now.

"There's a sense of excitement and the players are looking forward to it. The confidence is good, they seem in a really good place and that's how it should be with the run we're on and the position we've put ourselves in.

"They are ready and are looking forward to it.

"We're just focusing on winning the game tomorrow and getting the performance right. We can't worry about what goes on anywhere else around the country - we just need to take care of our performance and hopefully get those three points that will be hugely important.

"We need to be professional and we need to focus on our jobs and what we're doing on that pitch - that is the only thing we can control so let's get that right, let's enjoy it doing it and I think it will be a fantastic atmosphere tomorrow.

"We need to use that energy well and put in a big performance."


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