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SWINDON TOWN: MacDonald's case for the defence
KEVIN MacDonald has accepted that Swindon Town must work on the way they defend against the counter attack as they try to maintain their League One promotion push.
In his three games in charge, MacDonald has witnessed his Swindon side concede three goals in such circumstances, including Franck Moussa’s for Coventry and Jamie Paterson’s for Walsall, while Clayton Donaldson earned Brentford’s penalty on the break in Tuesday night’s defeat at Brentford.
The Scot appears to be playing a high defensive line at present, and with it Town have dominated much of the possession and territory over the last fortnight, but he said there remain a few creases still to be ironed out.
“We’ve set them up in the shape we want them but they tend to get sucked into the ball and we need to try to eradicate very, very quickly.,” he said.
“From the throw-in that we lost the first goal (at Brentford) Adam (Rooney) probably didn’t need to cross it, he could have bought another throw-in for us; and then Tommy probably should have been facing play but was actually having to chase play and he was the one who got the toe-poke which gave the boy the breakaway.
“We need to maybe have a little look at ourselves, me especially, from a point of view of how we set the team up for those sort of situations and actually drill that into them.”
Having tried 4-4-2 and 4-5-1 in his opening three matches as Town boss, MacDonald has yet to plump for a preferred formation.
Of the 4-5-1 he employed in midweek at Griffin Park, MacDonald said: “Part of it was because, having played just on Saturday, we needed to protect one or two of those with niggles who actually played very well. It seemed to work alright for 70 minutes.
“It’s hard to say what’s going to be the best system but we’re scoring goals whichever way we do it and if we keep scoring goals we’ll win more games that we’ll lose.
“Obviously the team before I came in was fairly successful, we’re still in a good position and I think the good thing for me, that I feel happy about, is that the performances have been good.
“We haven’t got the results but I’m a big believer that the more good performances you have the more good chances you have of winning more games.”