Byrne won’t assess Town’s chances after first month

Nathan Byrne

Nathan Byrne

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IN AN unpredictable division, Nathan Byrne thinks even the first month might not be long enough to tell how well Swindon Town are likely to do in League One this season.

Byrne, at 22 one of the most experienced members of the Robins’ youthful squad, was a regular in the Swindon side which finished eighth last term.

And experiences of that campaign, during which Town went through extreme peaks and troughs of form, has made him think a slow or a fast start does not necessarily pre-empty a good or bad season.

“I think we went through a patch last season where we didn’t win in a month or so and we still ended up eighth,” he told the Adver.

“That might happen in the first month, it might happen in the last month and it might not happen at all. I think that’s League One all over, really.

“You never really know until you start how well your team is going to be doing.

“A lot of teams get bigged up as well and then they fail miserably.

“I think it’s a wait and see thing and hopefuly we impress.”

Byrne thinks the overall quality of the division has improved over the summer.

He said: “I think League One is always going to be tough but personally I think it’s got a bit stronger than last season.

“The teams that have come up and gone down are all strong sides when you look at them.

“Every game is going to be tough this season and there won’t be any games we go into thinking we’ve won it already.

“As long as the boys know that and they’re willing to battle for every point then I think we’ll be alright.”

Finally, Byrne is hopeful he and his teammates can avenge their JPT area final shoot-out defeat to Peterborough United over the coming months - and he wouldn’t mind a repeat fixture against a Premier League giant either.

“It’s always got to be league first but how we went out last season in the cup, all the lads are very disappointed we didn’t get to play at Wembley,” he said. “In the others, you always want to play high sides. We’d love to take a team like Chelsea again if we can get them.”

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7:10am Fri 8 Aug 14

old town robin says...

Well if Byrne's wants to keep the left midfield slot he will not be afforded a slow start to the season, both Anton Rodgers and Brad Smith will be looking to impress, the same goes for the right hand side where Barcham will be challenging Nat Thompson. Anyone falling short will find it difficult to establish a regular place.
Well if Byrne's wants to keep the left midfield slot he will not be afforded a slow start to the season, both Anton Rodgers and Brad Smith will be looking to impress, the same goes for the right hand side where Barcham will be challenging Nat Thompson. Anyone falling short will find it difficult to establish a regular place. old town robin
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7:58am Fri 8 Aug 14

London Red says...

You hinting at strength and depth in our squad OTR?
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Don't tell anyone as we are relegation fodder remember with no ambition and no players!
You hinting at strength and depth in our squad OTR? . Don't tell anyone as we are relegation fodder remember with no ambition and no players! London Red
  • Score: 2

8:34am Fri 8 Aug 14

old town robin says...

London Red wrote:
You hinting at strength and depth in our squad OTR?
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Don't tell anyone as we are relegation fodder remember with no ambition and no players!
LR, I doubt too many would say we don't have enough strength in depth for both the flanks, midfield and keepers. If Stephens signs alongside Turnbull we have enough cover for centre backs and that's even not considering Ward as emergency back up. The one area that does concern me is up front with no natural winger and short of experience for a player that can hold the ball up.

We've probably got enough in numbers, if we include Barker Waldon and Randall, but are any of them going to come through and challenge Williams and Smith. We'll wait and see, but I think goals maybe hard to come by this season and we could be relying on winning a few matches by the odd goal which will require some good defending and hard work to keep possession.
[quote][p][bold]London Red[/bold] wrote: You hinting at strength and depth in our squad OTR? . Don't tell anyone as we are relegation fodder remember with no ambition and no players![/p][/quote]LR, I doubt too many would say we don't have enough strength in depth for both the flanks, midfield and keepers. If Stephens signs alongside Turnbull we have enough cover for centre backs and that's even not considering Ward as emergency back up. The one area that does concern me is up front with no natural winger and short of experience for a player that can hold the ball up. We've probably got enough in numbers, if we include Barker Waldon and Randall, but are any of them going to come through and challenge Williams and Smith. We'll wait and see, but I think goals maybe hard to come by this season and we could be relying on winning a few matches by the odd goal which will require some good defending and hard work to keep possession. old town robin
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8:56am Fri 8 Aug 14

London Red says...

We are chasing 1 if not 2 forwards - so that is being addressed
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Barker has reportedly looked better in pre-season so could compete with Smith and Williams before and after any new strikers arrive
We are chasing 1 if not 2 forwards - so that is being addressed . Barker has reportedly looked better in pre-season so could compete with Smith and Williams before and after any new strikers arrive London Red
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9:34am Fri 8 Aug 14

harley red says...

London Red wrote:
We are chasing 1 if not 2 forwards - so that is being addressed
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Barker has reportedly looked better in pre-season so could compete with Smith and Williams before and after any new strikers arrive
Yea there must be a 10 year old kid to play up front
[quote][p][bold]London Red[/bold] wrote: We are chasing 1 if not 2 forwards - so that is being addressed . Barker has reportedly looked better in pre-season so could compete with Smith and Williams before and after any new strikers arrive[/p][/quote]Yea there must be a 10 year old kid to play up front harley red
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10:24am Fri 8 Aug 14

RobinRed says...

Barthram should be challenging more this year, he had a good start to pre-season and was a shame he picked up the injury. Should use him more on either flank as is very comfortable on either foot, which gives a different option. Wing back area is starting to look strong now.
Barthram should be challenging more this year, he had a good start to pre-season and was a shame he picked up the injury. Should use him more on either flank as is very comfortable on either foot, which gives a different option. Wing back area is starting to look strong now. RobinRed
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11:16am Fri 8 Aug 14

London Red says...

Wingbacks are certainly looking strong with 4 decent options - assuming Smith is as good as Liverpool think he is
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If/When Turnbull and Stephens sign on the CB will be too - with them plus Lelan and Brnaco and even Thompson as options back there
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Midfield has always been strong as Power said from day 1 with Luongo and Thompson in particular - Kasim is good at this level, Gladwin has shown real promise of stepping up and Rodgers had expereince at this level
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Its just up top we are a little short - not desperate as we do have Smith (who netted 18 last term), Williams (who neeted 12 last time he was in L1 and 17 the season before) plus Barker and Waldon - who have looke dlively in pre-season
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Granted one more striker wouls be nice and a big bruiser type to battle with Smith
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Then keepers well we have the best in the league so that was always strong!
Wingbacks are certainly looking strong with 4 decent options - assuming Smith is as good as Liverpool think he is . If/When Turnbull and Stephens sign on the CB will be too - with them plus Lelan and Brnaco and even Thompson as options back there . Midfield has always been strong as Power said from day 1 with Luongo and Thompson in particular - Kasim is good at this level, Gladwin has shown real promise of stepping up and Rodgers had expereince at this level . Its just up top we are a little short - not desperate as we do have Smith (who netted 18 last term), Williams (who neeted 12 last time he was in L1 and 17 the season before) plus Barker and Waldon - who have looke dlively in pre-season . Granted one more striker wouls be nice and a big bruiser type to battle with Smith . Then keepers well we have the best in the league so that was always strong! London Red
  • Score: 1

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