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SWINDON TOWN: Hat-trick hero Mason 'gutted' by penalty miss
RYAN Mason was left “gutted” at the end of Saturday’s 5-0 demolition of Crewe, according to his teammate Alex Pritchard, despite netting a 24-minute, second-half hat-trick.
Mason missed a penalty at the death for Swindon Town in the League One encounter at the County Ground, taking some of the gloss off an otherwise accomplished performance in midfield.
And Pritchard suggested the spurned spot-kick was playing on the Tottenham loanee’s mind post-match.
He told the Advertiser: “He’s happy but he missed his penalty at the end for four goals so he’s gutted. Three goals, though, you can’t ask for anything else.”
Pritchard’s cross teed up Mason for his third goal, although there was some suggestion that nobody got a touch on the centre as it dribbled past Crewe keeper Alan Martin.
“I just saw it go in, I didn’t see any movement on it but Ryan is thinking it’s his goal,” said Pritchard.
“It doesn’t really matter. It’s 5-0, the performance was excellent, they didn’t get the ball off us at all.
“Against Gillingham we did the same but in the second half we didn’t play our football, we got a bit carried away and made sloppy passes. Today it was brilliant.
“We dominated the ball and I don’t know how many chances we created but we dominated.”
Pritchard admitted to feeling a little tired after the game, but any fatigue is currently being offset by Swindon’s tremendous performances of late.
“I’m feeling good. It’s just good to get a run of games,” he said. “I’ve played a lot of 90 minutes lately and today it took its toll in the last 20 minutes on my hamstrings.
“It’s good to be playing football and playing good football as well.
“After Tuesday night, winning 2-0 at QPR, then coming here and winning 5-0 in front of the home fans – it’s amazing.
“The season’s just started now. We’ve got to keep playing our football and keep winning games.”
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