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SWINDON TOWN: El Gabas targets push for Championship
MOHAMED El Gabas has seen enough of his Swindon Town teammates to declare that promotion is a realistic aim in 2013/14.
El Gabas joined the Robins at the end of August on a short-term deal after impressing on trial and the Egyptian has made four substitute appearances since, as Town have reached 11th place in the League One table from 10 outings.
Despite their current ranking, and the fact he’s only been part of the Swindon squad for six weeks, the frontman has made up his mind that Town ought to be challenging for a place in the Championship.
“I’ve been here for one month now, I’ve seen League One and I’ve seen the other teams. I think we are one of the best teams in the competition,” he said.
“We are one of the best teams who play football in the competition. I saw the games against Wolves, against MK Dons and against Bristol City. I think we have to play in the Championship next year.
“I think we have the quality of players to go for promotion.”
El Gabas came off the bench with 15 minutes remaining of the 1-0 victory over Tranmere Rovers on Saturday, and he felt Swindon did well to force a result against a resilient and obstinate visiting defence.
“It was a good game. We were completely in control of the game but we needed to score another to make it comfortable,” he said. “The other team we playing compact in their own half so it was hard to try to attack and find space, but the most important thing was we got three points.
“Sometimes it’s difficult when you’re playing against teams who are coming here just to defend and you have to try to get what you want from the game and that’s the three points.
“It’s harder when you have a team closing down the space, playing in their own half and playing long balls. You have to be patient to find the space to attack. In the first half we were doing well, maybe it was a bit slow. We were patient but maybe there were slow parts that we had to be quicker.
“When you score a goal you have to score a second to kill the game, so you don’t have the pressure we had in the last 10 minutes.”
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