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SWINDON TOWN: Too many players underperformed - Williams
FIRST team coach Luke Williams said the vast majority of the Swindon Town squad were disappointed with their own performances during the 3-1 home defeat to Walsall last night.
Two Ashley Hemmings goals and Sam Mantom’s strike gave Walsall a comfortable three points at the County Ground, as Swindon produced by far their meekest display of the season on home turf.
Nile Ranger, whose late goal was scant consolation for 8,000 home fans, and Wes Foderingham aside, Town looked off the pace throughout as a tricky and dynamic Saddlers side dismantled their hosts from start to finish, ensuring Swindon endured a very miserable evening.
“I thought Nile Ranger was very good and he gave us an option to play to him and he looked after the ball well. He was fighting for us and worked hard off the ball and scored a goal,” said Williams. “Other than Nile Ranger I think most of them will be disappointed with themselves.
“I think there were a few that underperformed. Nicky Ajose came off because we wanted to change and put an extra midfield player in so it was unfortunate that he was the one that missed out.
“I think a number of players underperformed.
“I think it was lacklustre and I also think that we lost control, we didn’t manage to gain a foothold on the game.
“We didn’t expect it, to be honest. A lot of credit to Walsall – they watched us and we know their manager was here on Friday night and they worked extremely hard. They had a gameplan and we weren’t able to impose ourselves on the game like we should have been.
“We sacrificed a defender for an attacking player to try to be more aggressive and win the game and that’s probably cost us. We’ve looked solid with three centre-backs. We wanted to do something to change to try to be aggressive and in hindsight maybe made it more difficult for us.
“We weren’t at it. We looked lethargic and we didn’t look like we were able to get a good spell of possession and impose ourselves on the other team. It looked like we were going to give the ball away cheap and allow them to break at us. It’s disappointing.”
Jay McEveley collected his fifth yellow card of the campaign during the match and is expected to now be suspended for the weekend trip to Oldham.
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