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SWINDON TOWN: Touchline antics won't faze Robins
SWINDON Town’s coaching staff will be turning a blind eye to any touchline histrionics from their Rotherham United counterparts tomorrow as they bid for a first away league victory of the campaign.
Millers manager Steve Evans developed a reputation during his time at Crawley for his aggressive behaviour in the technical area but is considered to have calmed down since arriving at Rotherham in April last year.
Swindon first-team coach Luke Williams still expects a rough ride at the New York Stadium this weekend, but he intends to keep himself between Town manager Mark Cooper and any unsavoury incidents.
“We know the manager (Evans), we’ve got a lot of respect for him, we know how he is so we will concentrate on our team and we will concentrate on the decisions that we think we have to appeal for and not be intimidated by anyone else,” he said.
“However he conducts himself is up to him.
“I’ve had to come in between the manager (Cooper) and fourth official a couple of times. They’re strong characters. We’re lucky our manager is a strong character and occasionally I do have to be a buffer between but that’s part of my job and I’m happy with that.”
Williams feels the fringe players who got the chance to start against Plymouth in midweek - notably Tyrell Belford, Raphael Rossi Branco, Jack Barthram and Mohamed El Gabas - have benefited from their Johnstone’s Paint Trophy round-up.
“I think it’s done people the world of good. I think it’s given them the confidence that they can play at a certain level,” he said. “It’s important for the club to give the boys an opportunity to be out there in that arena because otherwise we don’t know whether they’re going to be able to cut it.
“Certainly the boys did themselves no harm at all.”
- ROTHERHAM manager Steve Evans has branded Swindon Town “gifted” and “organised” ahead of the two teams’ clash at the New York Stadium tomorrow.
Evans, who is familiar with Swindon manager Mark Cooper having come up against his opposite number’s sides during his time in the Conference, has led Rotherham to sixth place in League One after 10 games of the new campaign, while the Millers have only been beaten once at home this season.
However, he is not taking 11th-placed Town lightly, although he may need to double-check his figures on the number of Tottenham loanees Swindon currently have amongst their ranks.
“Swindon have got five players on loan from Spurs and they're all very gifted,” said the Rotherham boss.
“I know Mark Cooper from the Conference and he’ll have them organised.
“It's a massive time for us and I want us to be in the pack by the end of October. The players are working hard and there's no complacency here, but if I do see it from anyone then they will be pulled out of the squad."
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