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SWINDON TOWN: Byrne impressed with dressing-room harmony
NATHAN Byrne is thriving in a Swindon Town dressing room which he claims boasts no cliques or splinter groups.
The summer signing from Tottenham suggested that the Robins’ squad is as closely knit as any other he has been involved in over the course of his career - a fact he believes can only stand Town in good stead over the coming months.
“We’ve grown over the last two months and we’re getting tighter together on and off the pitch every single day,” he said.
“We’re not in little groups, we’re all together in every single thing we do. Usually in most clubs you get groups that peel off together, but we’re all together and I’m really enjoying it.”
That camaraderie can only be helped by the appointment of Mark Cooper as permanent manager, if Byrne is to be believed.
“The lads were delighted. Everyone loves what the manager is trying to do,” he said. “He’s trying to play in the right way and that’s the main thing, especially with the talent of the boys we’ve got.
“We’re not going to be the type of team that lumps the ball up the pitch and starts smashing people. He’s definitely the right manager for the job and we’re all happy with the decision.”
Following the poor showing at Shrewsbury last weekend, Byrne is confident Swindon will be able to find an immediate response when Gillingham come calling this weekend - and he has backed his fellow defenders to deal with the dual physical threat of Gills strikers Danny Kedwell and Adebayo Akinfenwa.
“Obviously it was a bit low because we knew we should have played a lot better than we did. We didn’t really get started from the first whistle. We need to look forward now to Gillingham,” he said.
“No team is going to go through the whole season playing well every game. You’ve just got to learn and move on quickly and not think about it too much.
“It’s a young team but we’ve all got to be held responsible for our own performances and the team’s performances.
“They’re big lads and strong lads but we’re not going to change the way we play. It’s about knowing what you’re up against and playing the way you know.”
A Capital One Cup second round tie at QPR awaits Town on Tuesday, but Byrne stressed Town minds are only focused on the visit of Gillingham.
“Not at all, you’ve got to approach every game the same,” he said. “The game on Saturday is just as important as the game on Tuesday and the same for next Saturday.
“I don’t think any boys are looking too far ahead. The next game is Gillingham and as soon as that is finished we’ll look on to Tuesday.”
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