SWINDON TOWN: Thompson says side is focused despite buzz of the cup (From The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald)
Get involved! Send photos, video, news & views. Text WILTS GAZETTE to 80360 or email us
SWINDON TOWN: Thompson says side is focused despite buzz of the cup
DESPITE the buzz of being drawn to face Chelsea in the Capital One Cup the previous night, the Swindon Town squad’s focus was not affected during training yesterday - according to midfielder Louis Thompson.
The Robins could be forgiven for being momentarily distracted by thoughts of the League Cup third round glamour tie, which will be televised on Sky Sports, despite the fixture still being more than three weeks away.
But Thompson insisted that all minds quickly turned to the visit of Crewe this weekend when the players gathered at Liddington on Thursday morning.
“As soon as training started the boys forgot about it. The focus now is on Saturday and Crewe at home,” he said.
“When the draw was made the boys were buzzing but we’ve come in and the focus has now changed.
“The Chelsea game is a few weeks away. It’s one of the fixtures that you want to play but we’ve also got the league where there are so many games where the outcome is so important.
“When the Chelsea game comes around the boys will be buzzing but at the moment we’ve got Crewe on Saturday and we need to turn our attentions to that.
“There’s been a tendency after a good cup run to crash back down to earth on the Saturday. For us, we’ve got to prove ourselves in that game and others to come and then hopefully get the call for Chelsea.
“We’ve got to prove it first against Crewe and other teams in League One.”
Like most of the Town squad, Thompson was left “buzzing” by Wednesday night’s draw.
“I saw us get drawn at home and I didn’t think we’d get a big team, I thought we’d get a lower level team and then we could get a big tie in the fourth round if we won. To draw Chelsea at home, you don’t get much better than that,” he said.
“I was with my girlfriend and her family and I wasn’t even paying attention. I saw Chelsea come out and I was buzzing.
“It’s a dream come true for most of the boys. You’ve got one of the world’s best teams coming down here with one of the world’s best managers.
“If you’re going to draw a big team then you want them at home because it gives you that little bit of an advantage with the crowd behind you. Going away you kind of get drowned out.
“At home you’ve got the advantage - we did it against Wigan.
“The boys have got to be on it on the day and the boys have got to have one of their best days if we’re going to go through, but you’ve got to go into it with a positive attitude.”
Comments are closed on this article.