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THE RESULT: Nathan's celebration needs work
HAVING never scored a professional goal until the 69th minute of Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Gillingham, Swindon Town defender Nathan Thompson wasn’t sure how to celebrate.
Thompson ghosted in at the back post to nod home Ryan Harley’s left-wing cross to give the Robins the lead for the second time in the League One clash at the County Ground.
The right-back, a graduate of Town’s youth programme who had never netted for the club, revealed his excitement at the strike. He told the Advertiser: “I just went mad I think. I came back and I was a bit out of breath. Lou (brother Louis)said me ‘I think you’ve celebrated a bit too much’. I’m just chuffed to bits.
“It was massive for me. It was something like the 44th game I’ve played and I haven’t really given that option up front, but I’ve been given the licence to go forward now and earlier on there were two or three opportunities when I got into the box that I could have done better with.
“To get on the scoresheet was great. It’s been a long time and I’m chuffed to bits. With the licence I’ve got I can’t see why I’ve got into the box. With Nathan Byrne pushing forward in front of me I’ve got the licence to go inside and with the goal I’ve done that.
“It proves that it’s difficult for a defender to pick up someone who comes in late and hopefully I can continue to do that.”
Thompson had two chances in the first half, meaning he could have netted an unlikely hat-trick, and he hopes that a licence to get forward more in Town’s new system of play means he will find himself on the scoresheet more often.
“It’s something my dad mentioned to me before the game, that I should get forward a bit more and provide a bit of an attacking option, and I felt I did that today,” he said.
“It’s been something we’ve been working on since the start of pre-season and with different options up front now and lads chipping in from all over the field, we’re going to start scoring goals.
“It’s about keeping clean sheets at the back and getting back to solid defending. They were two easy goals to concede and that was frustrating. The dressing room at the end of the game was very deflated as well because we knew we deserved more than a point.
“They were big on set pieces and we knew that before the game. Their two big lads up front were always going to cause us a problem and I think we struggled in the first half with that.
“In the second half we needed to shut them out and we were better at that but it was sloppy, basic defending that cost us.”
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