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MacDonald reveals the final breakdown
SWINDON boss Kevin MacDonald has broken down the Robins’ run-in into two blocks of four games as he aims to guide the club to promotion to the Championship.
Town host Notts County today in a game in which three points could take the Wiltshire side top of League One, but they face daunting trips to promotion rivals Sheffield United and Doncaster in the following seven games between now and the end of the campaign.
While the experienced coach is keen to take each game on its own merit, he has set his squad a points target for their next four matches and will do the same for the remaining batch of four.
“If I’m being honest I’ve not looked beyond Saturday, I really haven’t. I’ve just been looking at it in little clusters of games,” he said.
“We’ve played four so we look at the next four - two at home, two away. We’ve got to try to get eight or nine out of that and then we can look at ourselves and what position we’re in and then we’ll look at the last four and what we need.
“We can’t afford to look too far ahead. If we’d lost on Tuesday (Town won 2-0 Yeovil) and we didn’t win on Saturday we could be out of the top six, so I think you’ve got to focus on where you are in the league rather than what number of points it is.
“The way we play I feel we have a chance of winning every game.”
Town have so far taken seven points from MacDonald’s four games in charge, and while the former Aston Villa coach is pleased with the return, he insisted there is still plenty of work to be done.
“I’m pleased, but I’m not really pleased because I think we could have had all 12 points as I’m sure other people would have thought as well. If we’d had all 12 points it would have been great,” he said.
“There’s still a lot of work to do, the players have responded really well and you’ve seen that with the performances and the energy they’ve put in, but we need to tidy up a few things.
“There are eight games to go, 24 points to play for, and let’s see if we can get as many as possible.
“I think the players can play better and individually they can all cut out little mistakes. They can all pass the ball better, they could take more shots, the midfield players could get in the box more and score more goals. You’ve always got to look at trying to get perfection.”