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SWINDON TOWN: Ward & Co driven to distraction
A NIGHTMARE coach journey to Preston on Friday may have been a contributing factor in Swindon Town’s poor display at Deepdale.
The Town squad left on the team bus from the County Ground at 1pm the day before the game against the Lilywhites but terrible traffic around Birmingham on the M5 and the M6 meant the 187-mile journey – which usually takes around four hours – ended up lasting almost double that length of time.
The Robins arrived at their hotel near Deepdale just before 9pm and the after-effects of an unexpectedly long road trip could be seen in their meek performance the following day, as they slipped to a 2-1 defeat.
Captain Darren Ward did not want to use the journey as an excuse, but he said the players and coaching staff would look at it as one of several possible reasons why Swindon were not up to scratch in their League One encounter.
“It was seven-and-a-half hours on a Friday. It was just loads of traffic and the driver had to stop because obviously you can’t drive for too long,” he told the Advertiser. “It’s just one of the things which happens sometimes.
“I’m not making excuses at all for it, it’s something we could have done without but it’s what we do on a pitch and that’s what it comes down to. We’ve got to be big and brave enough to get on the ball and get a result.
“It’s something we have to deal with. We’ve got to look at things and how, if it did happen again, physically we feel better rather than not necessarily being prepared for it. What happened on this pitch is the main thing and we’re professionals and we have to deal with it in a professional manner.
“I don’t know what it was. We’ve got to look at it. As we do after every game we’ll strip it down and figure out why. If we come to a decision that might have been the factor or one of a number of things then we’ll see.
“We’ll go away and be quite sensible about it and make sure we sort it out.”
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