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SWINDON TOWN: McEveley frustrated by draw
DEFENDER Jay McEveley was left frustrated after Town were unable to take full advantage of an overdue slice of luck in front of goal during the 2-2 draw with Walsall on Saturday.
Simon Ferry profited after keeper Aaron McCarey spilled Adam Rooney’s shot to give Town the lead, but the home side couldn’t hold on to make it count and Jamie Paterson headed the Saddlers level late in the game.
McEveley was pleased to see his side get the rub of the green they deserved in front of goal, but was disappointed they were not able to hold on for what would have been their first home victory since the win over Shrewsbury on January 19.
“It’s disappointing because we fought so hard for it,” he said.
“I haven’t seen the penalty again yet but I thought it was a dubious one, and then it’s 1-1 so we are all guns blazing trying to get the second goal for ourselves. We got it, but we let it slip in the last minute.
“We have been waiting for that bit of luck in front of goal for the last couple of weeks, especially at home, and after it finally came we couldn’t hold onto it.
“We won the ball back around the half-way line and then gave it away, and they put in a great ball to be fair and the lad has come in and powered it in from deep.”
Despite not picking up all three points Town were able to string together a number of impressive passing moves together, and McEveley has been impressed with the style of football new manager Kevin MacDonald has tried to get the team playing.
“He wants us to get the ball down and play and to go through the midfield, and then get it up to the strikers and build from there,” he said.
“He wants to get the ball wide and get the ball in the box, and the lads have taken to it well.
“We had some great passing and movement, but you need to put the ball in the back of the net, and sometimes you have to know when to play short and when to turn them.
“We know we need to get used to the way he wants us to play, but they are all good players out there so I’m sure we will get there.”
Although Town are currently under a transfer embargo MacDonald has been out watching games in search of new recruits, and when the authorities allow McEveley believes the squad could benefit from one or two new faces.
“We have been saying it for a while because we have been very thin, but even an impact sub or something like that or competition for places might help us,” he said.