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REACTION: Garner - A great achievement

Gaffer on Walsall win and Playoff qualification

7 May 2022

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Swindon Town Head Coach Ben Garner hailed his team's qualification for the 2021-22 EFL Sky Bet League Two Playoffs as a "great achievement."

Knowing a win would be enough heading into the day, the Reds produced a clinical display at The Bank's Stadium to seal a 3-0 win over Walsall thanks to a Jack Payne brace and a stunning effort from Harry McKirdy.

With their season now extended and Port Vale up next in the Playoffs, Garner spoke to the local media after the game to give his thoughts on a number of topics.

GARNER ON RESULT...

"I was not aware of anything else going on if I'm being honest, I was just focused on us and making sure we got our part done and we did.

"It was an excellent first-half, not as good second-half but that's understandable seeing the position we were in and just trying to manage the game and see it through sensibly, which we did.

"It is fantastic, a great achievement to get in and we're really, really happy with that, but there's no over-celebrating in there. 

"That is done, we're delighted to get in the Playoffs but we want to go on and win them.

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"The quality of our play, the tempo, the intensity to our pressing and everything was executed really well and it was a fantastic first goal, a fantastic second goal and brilliant play to win the penalty for the third.

"There were one or two others where the ball flashed across goal for Jack Payne and there were one or two other opportunities.

"It was a really, really good first-half, we've had a great run in these last four games, we said we needed to win all four and we did so testament to the players and everyone at the Football Club.

"We've shown a host of qualities in these last four games, different elements to our game and the quality of our attacking play, the resilience of being down to 10 men, the character to come back after conceding last week and then a really comprehensive first-half today that set us up and we saw this game through.

"We're going to need all of those qualities and more in the Playoffs."

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GARNER ON JACK PAYNE'S FIRST GOAL...

"Fantastic. I was willing him to get a hat-trick in the second-half but a fantastic goal and not just his quality with the finish, but his runs off the ball created the opportunity for him to strike it and it was really good movement from the players in-front of him.

"Some of our attacking play first-half was really incisive and I thought we looked a threat every time we attacked, every time we went forward and I'm really pleased with that.

"That's how we're going to be in the Playoffs; we're going to attack, play on the front foot and we're going to try and win both games."

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GARNER ON PORT VALE...

"We just wanted to get there and we will back ourselves over anyone in this division over two-legs. We'll do that against Port Vale who are a good team, they've been up there all season and they've been very, very consistent.

"We'll attack both games and try and win both of them home and away.

"We're happy but we're not content - we want more.

"We don't want to just reach the Playoffs and that be a celebration of the season, we want to go to Wembley and we want to win.

"It is an incredible, incredible achievement. To go from where we were to get to this point is a miracle and to have no preseason, going into the season with no player that had done 90 minutes, six or seven players that had signed and to do what we've done, it has been incredible.

"Every single person at the Football Club has contributed to that and it was magical again today with the amount of supporters here.

"It is fantastic and we've got to take that momentum in the Playoffs - enjoy it, embrace it and let's see if we can go all the way."


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