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Louis expects fans to be on their best behaviour
LOUIS Thompson isn’t expecting crowd trouble at this weekend’s derby between Swindon Town and Bristol City, with the midfielder claiming the Robins’ fans are “better behaved” than their noisy neighbours.
Tomorrow marks the first time the two teams have met at the County Ground in almost eight years in one of Town’s bigger fixtures of the campaign.
City supporters clashed with their Bristol Rovers rivals following the sides’ Johnstone’s Paint Trophy tie earlier this month, with 12 arrested after three police officers were left needing treatment.
But Thompson does not anticipate similar scenes in SN1 on Saturday. Instead he expects the Robins crowd to get behind their team as they look to maintain their unbeaten home record in 2013/14.
“I saw the fans kicking off in the Daily Mail the day after but I think our fans are better behaved than them and I think they’ll do us proud on Saturday,” he said.
“The crowd will be behind us, we want to get one over on Bristol and the boys will all be motivated for it. It’s just another game but we should go out there, play like we did against Wolves and I think we should win.
“We’ve had the better start to the season, we’re in good form and I think we’ll do our fans proud.”
Following a mass overhaul of the playing staff at the County Ground during the off-season, Thompson does not think the new members of the squad will fail to recognise the significance of the occasion.
“They’ve come in and understood this is a derby and they’ve played in enough derbies themselves so they know what the fans will be expecting - determination and workrate - that’s what they’re going to get on Saturday,” he said.
“Against Oxford last year and two years ago they were massive getting behind the boys, and that’s what we need this Saturday.
“Everyone has their individual things. Personally, for a derby I don’t need to motivate myself that much.”
In the build-up to a massive week of football, with the visit of Chelsea to come on Tuesday, the Town players could be forgiven for getting overexcited. However, Thompson stressed that boss Mark Cooper has been maintaining his squad’s focus.
“The manager has been keeping a lid on it. The training has been good this week and after another session on Thursday and Friday we’ll be at it,” he said.
“He’s been telling us to apply ourselves. The boys were a bit down about not coming away with a win after Saturday but we’ve got to forget about it now and take the positives from it.”
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