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SWINDON TOWN: Pritchard calls for patience
ALEX Pritchard can sense an increased level of expectation amongst Swindon Town fans, and he’s asked the County Ground crowd to retain their patience as the Robins look to continue their fine home form against Notts County tonight.
The winger, a summer signing from Tottenham, has made a big impression in Wiltshire, scoring three goals in 13 appearances as Town have defied pre-season predictions of a relegation battle to challenge for a play-off place after 11 games of the campaign.
Many supporters arrived in SN1 for the first home game of the term with low or unformulated thoughts of what the season may hold for their team, but now - Pritchard thinks - standards have risen.
As a result, the 20-year-old has been a little frustrated by some of the occasional grumblings emanating from the Robins’ crowd during slow periods in games, and he’s requested the fans think of the broader picture.
He told the Advertiser: “When we played in the JPT against Plymouth, we played some good football in the first half. Obviously we went 1-0 down but even when we’re going ahead they still want more from us.
“I know they want to enjoy games but they’ve got to see that we’re 1-0 up, we’re a bit on the back foot and we’ve got to see it out. We need the points.
“A month ago, at the start of the season, we’d go 1-0 up and we’d roll over. They’d score again and everyone would think ‘oh no’.
“Now that’s not going to happen. I think we’ve grown as a team and I think we’ll keep growing. We’ve just got to stick together and hope things go well for us.
“There were lots of players who weren’t here who are now and the players coming in, like Dany N’Guessan and players like that, added more strength to the squad. That’s good to have.
“I thought we were going do well, I still think we’re going to do well, but we’ll only do well if everyone sticks together and the fans get behind us. It’s up to us.”
Pritchard was moved to a roaming central midfield role in the 4-0 win at Rotherham on Saturday but could be moved back out to the left with Ryan Mason available to manager Mark Cooper again this evening.
Wherever he plays, the diminutive playmaker is happy just be part of the starting line-up.
“When we went to Rotherham the gaffer said we had to change the system because the last time we went on the road we got beat up and we were rolled over quite easily,” he said.
“Obviously we packed out the midfield and with Massimo and Yaser getting on the ball and me finding the space in midfield I was running at the back four and that was great for us.
“We just need to keep digging it out and getting results and points.
“I started on the left now I’m going in the middle, I like it in the middle but wherever I’m picked I’ll play.”
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