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Wes - 'We have a back-up plan'
KEEPER Wes Foderingham has insisted Swindon do have a back-up plan if their opposition nullify their slick passing football - but the outcome of matches is down to more than simply formations and tactics.
After a run of four straight wins the County Ground side have lost their last two matches, at home to Walsall and away at Oldham, during which they failed to produce the sparkling football which had raised hope of a promotion challenge.
While Swindon’s principle remain to pass the ball, Foderingham believes the squad have the tools necessary to adapt their style if required, pointing to the strength of striker Dany N’Guessan and the direct running of Nicky Ajose.
“We try and dictate the play even when we go away and just because we are away from home doesn’t mean we can’t control things,” he said.
“You need to stand up and play and we need to dictate the tempo sometimes and take the game to them.
“We have Plan A, Plan B and Plan C, different options, and we have Dany (N’Guessan) who can come off the bench and add some physicality and Nicky (Ajose) who can run in behind.
“We have options but it’s not all down to formations and systems it’s down to application and putting the work in.”
When asked about manager Mark Cooper’s style in post match team talks, Foderingham revealed the Town boss is good at keeping his young players’ confidence high when he addresses the team.
“He told us we need to be more mature and to see performances out and if we’re not playing well we need to make sure the opposition aren’t playing well against us,” he said.
“He’s normally pretty calm, although he has come in and taken a couple of boys’ heads off before, but he gives us the confidence to go out there and play.
“There are a lot of young boys in the team sometimes when we’ve not played too well you may need an arm round you, but sometimes he has to give us a slap on the bum sometimes if we’re not doing the things we’re supposed to be doing.
“He’s a bit different to the old manager, a bit more understanding.”
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