SWINDON TOWN: Luongo says Town have back-up plans for Preston (From The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald)
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SWINDON TOWN: Luongo says Town have back-up plans for Preston
MASSIMO Luongo knows Swindon Town might have to opt to plans B and C at Preston North End against a side that hasn’t leaked a lot of goals lately.
The Robins go to Deepdale looking for their first away league victory of the campaign but Preston will not make it easy - the Lilywhites have won all but one of their five home games in League One this term, conceding just three goals in the process.
Squaring up against Preston’s midfield five, Luongo is aware that Town’s creative hub may be somewhat stifled, but he feels Swindon displayed against Bristol City last Saturday that there is another side to their game.
“All the teams watch how we play and the big thing for them is ‘can you stop them playing and stop them getting good possession of the ball up the pitch’,” he said.
“They play five in midfield but there’s always a way to get around it if we’re good enough to find the solution, whether it’s through our full-backs or getting the ball into the strikers.
“The teams we have played have tested us in that way and I think we’ve done alright.
“You saw it against Bristol, the gaffer made a point in saying they did stop us playing so we had to win the game in a different away - turning them around or hitting our big strikers to hold the ball up and then we support them.
“It’s in everyone’s game to study the opponent and try to stop them and I think this is our big strength so teams will definitely try to stop us.”
Nile Ranger is set to miss the fixture with the groin injury he picked up on Tuesday night against Chelsea, but Luongo thinks Town have the perfect deputy in Dany N’Guessan to fill the frontman’s shoes.
“He’s a big asset for us, he wins a lot of headers up front and holds the ball really well. But we’ve got Dany N’Guessan up there who’s just as strong if not stronger, and he’s got a lot of experience on his side,” said the Aussie. “Them together is a big problem. He is a big loss because we could have had them together but Dany is just as capable. I like playing with both of them.
“We can make do.”
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