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SWINDON TOWN: Thompson rues dropped points
NATHAN Thompson insisted a team with a defensive record as good as Swindon Town’s should have been able to see out a game like Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Walsall.
After Simon Ferry had given Town a 2-1 lead with 11 minutes to go James Paterson was on hand to head the Saddlers level on 90 minutes, as the tightest defence in the division conceded two goals in a league game for the first time since October.
The full-back had been replaced prior to the equaliser after feeling a pain all the way across his knee-cap, but believes a solid team like Town should have come away with three points.
“It’s very disappointing after we saw last week that we battled all the way through to the last minute, and it’s hard when it goes against us because we deserved the win,” he said.
“With our defensive record it’s very disappointing to concede two, and when you’re 2-1 up going into the last four or five minutes you expect to close the game out.
“The boys have been fantastic all season which is why it hurt a little bit more, because we have been great at the back this season.”
Town need to regroup quickly before travelling to promotion rivals Brentford on Tuesday night, and Thompson believes his side can put their poor recent home form behind them for the visit to Griffin Park.
“I can’t put my finger on anything but we will be working hard before going again on Monday because Tuesday’s game is a huge one after we saw the result was another two points dropped.
“Whenever we play the big teams we always seem to do well and get the three points, and there is no reason why we can’t go there and beat them. They lost at the weekend so it’s a massive game for us.”
Youngsters players Connor Waldon and Alex Ferguson were included in Kevin MacDonald’s matchday squad but didn’t make the bench, and youth team graduate Thompson believes the experience will have done them good.
“It’s fantastic to see because the young lads have come in and played once or twice with us last week and did really well,” he said.
“We will see them in the next couple of weeks as well I’m sure, and it is fantastic for them to be in and amongst the matchday squad. I remember when I was first involved and the experience was incredible, so I’m buzzing for them.
“Paul Bodin (youth team boss) will have stood them in good stead, and the guidance he has given them is really good and he is great to have around for the youngsters.”