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Flynn: We're on it, it's non-stop

Boss reflects on Eastleigh pre-season draw and looks ahead to Plymouth at home next weekend

23 July 2023

Fixture News

Flynn: We're on it, it's non-stop

Boss reflects on Eastleigh pre-season draw and looks ahead to Plymouth at home next weekend

23 July 2023

Michael Flynn was happy with the first hour of what he saw from his Swindon side as they drew 2-2 with Eastleigh, as the start of the League Two campaign creeps ever closer.

These positive performances are expected to continue to build as Town look ahead to their final pre-season fixture back at the County Ground, hosting recently-promoted Championship side Plymouth Argyle next Saturday with ticket details available here.

Flynn said: "I felt we were absolutely superb until I made changes. In some of the football we played, we should've scored more!

"If it was 5-0 at half-time, nobody would think we didn't deserve it, some of it was excellent and when we add a few more to it, it's only going to get better.

"We made eight or so changes straightaway and at that point, I was more interested in seeing how the young lads and the trialists performed and how they coped as a young team."

A number of key players impressed during their cameos against the Spitfires, with Charlie Austin and Saidou Khan finding the back of the net as the boss was particularly impressed with the showings of Rushian Hepburn-Murphy and the latest acquisition Dan Kemp.

"Rushian can be a handful and I'm only looking to make him better.

"He's obviously had that ability to be at Aston Villa when was younger, so we've got to keep unlocking that more often than not."

(On Kemp) "Excellent, so professional and some of the players need to learn from him.

"He's only 24 and he's a fantastic young lad, does the right things at the right time and is a very intelligent footballer and he's going to be a big signing for us."

Preparations continue for Swindon and Flynn is happy with the progression his side has made across the last couple of weeks, ahead of the first league fixture against Colchester on August 5.

With these preparations comes the topic of new players arriving at the County Ground and the boss insists he will look to recruit if the player matches his requirements for what will hopefully be a successful first season in charge.

He said: "I think we've seen in the Bristol City first hour, we were superb and then Swansea for the first half, we were superb but I think it goes to show we probably need a little bit more in-depth (with the squad).

"I won't be signing players for the sake of it and I'm looking to add experience but as long as they're the right players with the right attitude that can improve us, then we'll look at them."

Several Swindon players were noticeably absent or a potential concern with Marcel Lavinier forced off with an injury, and Ricky Aguiar and Tyrese Shade absent.

But both absences were explained post-match with Aguiar's loan move to Worthing confirmed shortly after the Eastleigh game and Shade confirmed to have a slight injury that will see him unavailable for a short period.

The Town boss said: "Ricky's gone on loan to Worthing and needs to go and play football. Tyrese has a slight tear in his abductor so he will be out for a few weeks.

"Marcel just went over on his ankle but it's nothing to be too concerned about at the moment."

Ahead of the final pre-season test against the Pilgrims next weekend, Flynn insists plans are still full steam ahead as they look ahead to the challenge they will look to bring next Saturday.

He said: "It'll be a tough week for them, it's as simple as that.

"It's pre-season, and they're going to be working hard, we'll see how it goes over the weekend.

"We're on it, it's non-stop and we don't get time off."

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