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Wes praises Town's bottle
GOALKEEPER Wes Foderingham was pleased by the character Swindon Town showed in twice coming from behind to beat Bristol City in a thrilling West Country derby.
Two goals from Nicky Ajose cancelled out strikes from Aden Flint and Jay Emmanuel-Thomas before Nile Ranger struck in the 87th minute to give the home side all three points from the clash at the County Ground.
It was the first time this season that Swindon have claimed victory after trailing in a game, and Foderingham thinks that points to an increasing maturity in the Town ranks.
“I don’t think we’ve come from behind this season to win so it was good character to come back from a losing position to win the game,” he said.
“Everyone knew this was going to be a massive game this season. We’d not played Bristol City here for a long time so to get a win is massive.
“It’s massive for the fans, who support us every week, and it gives us good confidence to try to get a win against Chelsea on Tuesday.”
Foderingham accepted that big-match nerves could have played a part in Swindon falling behind after just nine minutes to Flint’s header against his old club.
“Everyone could see how frantic it was,” he said. “They got an early goal and we were a bit nervy to start with. We got back into the game and I think we started playing our football well.
“You could see both teams were getting tired around 70 minutes because of the intensity of the game and there were a lot of mistakes in there. I was glad we came out on top.
“The stadium is packed and the fans are screaming, and we’ve got a lot of younger boys in the team as well so we’ve got to take that onboard. Their first goal they’ve loaded the box and taken the lead.”
The stopper believes his teammates are starting to learn how to grind out a result when the opposition try to stifle their natural, free-flowing game.
“When we get the chance to get it down and play we’re a difficult team to stop,” he said.
“Teams now know how we play so they’ll come here and try to stop us by keeping tight on us and pressing.
“It’s difficult and we’ve got to work on the training pitch on how to counter it when teams come here and do it to us.
“We focused on their weaknesses and their strengths and did our best to stop their main players getting on the ball.”
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