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SWINDON TOWN: McEveley urges Robins fans not to panic
JAY McEveley has insisted that there is no need for Swindon Town fans to panic at the Robins’ style of football this season.
Supporters are quickly buying into the pass-and-move system being employed by the County Ground outfit, but a few fingernails are being badly abused when the Town back four toy with their opponents at times in games.
McEveley, however, has stressed that he and his teammates are in control at all times.
He said: “We all trust each other and we’re confident in each other’s ability. We know we’re not passing it for passing’s sake, we’re passing it for a purpose. We’re passing it to move the team about, to make the team run, to make the team tired.
“When the other team switches off that’s when we can get forward and pass into the spaces and move further up the pitch.
“We’re doing it to make the team tired. When you’ve got the ball and you’re keeping the ball and the other team’s chasing, they won’t be able to do that for 90 minutes.
“If it takes 60 or 70 minutes to open them up that’s what we’re going to have to do. That’s what we’re doing well at the minute.
“The lads are buying into it, everyone knows what we have to do and it’s working well at the minute.
“The way the manager looks at it, if we do give the ball away we have four or five players who can recover. They’ve still got to get past those four or five players, round Wes and into the goal.
“We’re happy doing what we’re doing and I don’t think people should panic when we’re keeping the ball at the back because we do know what we’re doing.”
Four clean sheets in seven matches this term has left the Town defence feeling pretty smug.
And it’s a record McEveley & Co are obviously keen to extend.
“I think we’ve prided ourselves in the last couple of years on clean sheets. I think Wes has had probably the best record in the last two years in the league, apart from Sheffield United I think last year,” said the full-back.
“If you keep a clean sheet then you’ve always got a chance of winning a game. If you don’t score it’s 0-0. That’s what the manager always says to us - if we don’t perform well the game is 0-0 and you still get a point.”
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