SWINDON TOWN: Williams praises Storey and Branco

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Swindon Town assistant coach Luke Williams Swindon Town assistant coach Luke Williams

LUKE Williams has praised the patience and professionalism of Rafael Rossi Branco and Miles Storey after both grabbed their recent first-team chances with both hands.

Storey came off the bench to make his first Swindon appearance for three months against Coventry on December 21 and scored the winner in a 2-1 victory, while Branco impressed on league debut as a second-half substitute as Town battled to a hard-fought point at Bradford last time out.

Both have had to put up with plenty of time on the fringes of the Robins’ squad and assistant coach Williams paid tribute to their work ethic.

He said: “This is a message we’re trying to get across to the group on a daily basis - and I’m sure they think we’re saying these things just to keep them going and to keep them motivated but it’s true.

“They’re young and probably don’t realise that sometimes you think you’re the furthest away from the squad and you’re actually closer than you’ve ever been.

“You have to prepare each day that that opportunity might come and that’s what Miles has done. He’s trained well and he’s been a professional throughout and when his chance came you could see he was ready.

“Raffa has done exactly the same and now I think the players are starting to believe us that it’s a marathon, it’s a long season, many things happen and your opportunity will come.”

Branco could make his full Football League debut when Crawley visit Wiltshire on New Year’s Day, with Grant Hall struggling with an ankle injury, and Williams has backed the Brazilian to slot seamlessly into the heart of the Swindon defence.

“I’ve known Rafael for quite a long time, I offered him a contract at Brighton and I think what people saw from Raffa is that he’s brave, he’s a real man and I mean that in every sense,” he said.

“He went on and made his league debut at a hostile arena in this division. He’s happy to have the ball at his feet, he’s happy not to rush, he’ll drive forward into midfield and defensively you’ve got a problem if you’re a centre-forward because he’s going to try to tackle you at every given opportunity.

“Hopefully we’ve just introduced somebody into the squad that can play a part from here until the end of the season and can make his mark on the team.

“It’s very difficult to put a player in that’s not been tried and tested and I think he’s maybe answered a few critics. That’s the only thing that a player can do. It’s a massive risk, you risk not only possibly losing the game because a player’s not ready but you risk crushing a player if you put him in when they’re not ready.”

Swindon have had to contend with flooding at their Liddington training ground in the build-up to tomorrow’s game, but Williams stressed that their preparations have not been hampered too much.

“Most clubs, with the exception of those who have got an indoor dome, will be struggling but it’s manageable,” he said. “It’s difficult conditions but that’s English football.”

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8:56am Wed 1 Jan 14

mancrobin says...

Good to hear from Luke Williams who by all accounts is a massive influence on how well the Town has done this season.

Looking forward to seeing more of Branco and Storey, alongside Aaron Oakley when fit. The Thompson boys are great examples of young players who can come in and command regular first team slots.

Happy New Year to one and all!!

My New Year predictions are:
Swindon to thrash Crawley
Swindon to win the JPT
Coops to be named Manager of the Season
Power to register for British citizenship
Town to finish 6th.............
Good to hear from Luke Williams who by all accounts is a massive influence on how well the Town has done this season. Looking forward to seeing more of Branco and Storey, alongside Aaron Oakley when fit. The Thompson boys are great examples of young players who can come in and command regular first team slots. Happy New Year to one and all!! My New Year predictions are: Swindon to thrash Crawley Swindon to win the JPT Coops to be named Manager of the Season Power to register for British citizenship Town to finish 6th............. mancrobin

9:03am Wed 1 Jan 14

ciclosporindorset says...

Happy New Year to all at stfc, fans, players and management. Especial wishes to Jed McRory for his help in keeping the club afloat in 2013, Lee Power for what he will do in 2014, Mark Cooper and Williams for learning the job on the job so quickly and shaping a good bunch of players. The days on players staying at a club for long has become the exception, not the rule. We will need to get used to the idea joking players will come and go. As soon as they achieve meaningful financial value or demand over the clubs wage structure, they will be moved on for somebody new ready to be shaped into the next new starlet. It is great to see youngsters getting a foot in the game, learning and developing. I expect at least a mid table finish this year and a significant profit on player transfers before 2014 is out, with anything more than that a bonus.
Happy New Year to all at stfc, fans, players and management. Especial wishes to Jed McRory for his help in keeping the club afloat in 2013, Lee Power for what he will do in 2014, Mark Cooper and Williams for learning the job on the job so quickly and shaping a good bunch of players. The days on players staying at a club for long has become the exception, not the rule. We will need to get used to the idea joking players will come and go. As soon as they achieve meaningful financial value or demand over the clubs wage structure, they will be moved on for somebody new ready to be shaped into the next new starlet. It is great to see youngsters getting a foot in the game, learning and developing. I expect at least a mid table finish this year and a significant profit on player transfers before 2014 is out, with anything more than that a bonus. ciclosporindorset

9:30am Wed 1 Jan 14

smirg kcab says...

mancrobin wrote:
Good to hear from Luke Williams who by all accounts is a massive influence on how well the Town has done this season.

Looking forward to seeing more of Branco and Storey, alongside Aaron Oakley when fit. The Thompson boys are great examples of young players who can come in and command regular first team slots.

Happy New Year to one and all!!

My New Year predictions are:
Swindon to thrash Crawley
Swindon to win the JPT
Coops to be named Manager of the Season
Power to register for British citizenship
Town to finish 6th.............
My predictions are
Swindon to win by the odd goal today
Cooper to buy Lisa stansfield c.d on 4th feb
Swindon to win jpt
Power will be close to his phone
Kevin Phillips to finish towns top scorer




Oh we'll 4/5 won't be bad
Happy new year all you miserable fans
[quote][p][bold]mancrobin[/bold] wrote: Good to hear from Luke Williams who by all accounts is a massive influence on how well the Town has done this season. Looking forward to seeing more of Branco and Storey, alongside Aaron Oakley when fit. The Thompson boys are great examples of young players who can come in and command regular first team slots. Happy New Year to one and all!! My New Year predictions are: Swindon to thrash Crawley Swindon to win the JPT Coops to be named Manager of the Season Power to register for British citizenship Town to finish 6th.............[/p][/quote]My predictions are Swindon to win by the odd goal today Cooper to buy Lisa stansfield c.d on 4th feb Swindon to win jpt Power will be close to his phone Kevin Phillips to finish towns top scorer Oh we'll 4/5 won't be bad Happy new year all you miserable fans smirg kcab

10:16am Wed 1 Jan 14

harley red says...

mancrobin wrote:
Good to hear from Luke Williams who by all accounts is a massive influence on how well the Town has done this season.

Looking forward to seeing more of Branco and Storey, alongside Aaron Oakley when fit. The Thompson boys are great examples of young players who can come in and command regular first team slots.

Happy New Year to one and all!!

My New Year predictions are:
Swindon to thrash Crawley
Swindon to win the JPT
Coops to be named Manager of the Season
Power to register for British citizenship
Town to finish 6th.............
Dreamer . Look at what we have not a lot !!!
[quote][p][bold]mancrobin[/bold] wrote: Good to hear from Luke Williams who by all accounts is a massive influence on how well the Town has done this season. Looking forward to seeing more of Branco and Storey, alongside Aaron Oakley when fit. The Thompson boys are great examples of young players who can come in and command regular first team slots. Happy New Year to one and all!! My New Year predictions are: Swindon to thrash Crawley Swindon to win the JPT Coops to be named Manager of the Season Power to register for British citizenship Town to finish 6th.............[/p][/quote]Dreamer . Look at what we have not a lot !!! harley red

10:19am Wed 1 Jan 14

harley red says...

ciclosporindorset wrote:
Happy New Year to all at stfc, fans, players and management. Especial wishes to Jed McRory for his help in keeping the club afloat in 2013, Lee Power for what he will do in 2014, Mark Cooper and Williams for learning the job on the job so quickly and shaping a good bunch of players. The days on players staying at a club for long has become the exception, not the rule. We will need to get used to the idea joking players will come and go. As soon as they achieve meaningful financial value or demand over the clubs wage structure, they will be moved on for somebody new ready to be shaped into the next new starlet. It is great to see youngsters getting a foot in the game, learning and developing. I expect at least a mid table finish this year and a significant profit on player transfers before 2014 is out, with anything more than that a bonus.
Rather have seasoned players and win something
[quote][p][bold]ciclosporindorset[/bold] wrote: Happy New Year to all at stfc, fans, players and management. Especial wishes to Jed McRory for his help in keeping the club afloat in 2013, Lee Power for what he will do in 2014, Mark Cooper and Williams for learning the job on the job so quickly and shaping a good bunch of players. The days on players staying at a club for long has become the exception, not the rule. We will need to get used to the idea joking players will come and go. As soon as they achieve meaningful financial value or demand over the clubs wage structure, they will be moved on for somebody new ready to be shaped into the next new starlet. It is great to see youngsters getting a foot in the game, learning and developing. I expect at least a mid table finish this year and a significant profit on player transfers before 2014 is out, with anything more than that a bonus.[/p][/quote]Rather have seasoned players and win something harley red

10:57am Wed 1 Jan 14

Robinonfire says...

Storey should have played from the start of the season and branco should take Wards place.......go to specsavers in the new year Mr Cooper
Storey should have played from the start of the season and branco should take Wards place.......go to specsavers in the new year Mr Cooper Robinonfire

11:32am Wed 1 Jan 14

Benzel says...

harley red wrote:
ciclosporindorset wrote:
Happy New Year to all at stfc, fans, players and management. Especial wishes to Jed McRory for his help in keeping the club afloat in 2013, Lee Power for what he will do in 2014, Mark Cooper and Williams for learning the job on the job so quickly and shaping a good bunch of players. The days on players staying at a club for long has become the exception, not the rule. We will need to get used to the idea joking players will come and go. As soon as they achieve meaningful financial value or demand over the clubs wage structure, they will be moved on for somebody new ready to be shaped into the next new starlet. It is great to see youngsters getting a foot in the game, learning and developing. I expect at least a mid table finish this year and a significant profit on player transfers before 2014 is out, with anything more than that a bonus.
Rather have seasoned players and win something
Like 10/11.
[quote][p][bold]harley red[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ciclosporindorset[/bold] wrote: Happy New Year to all at stfc, fans, players and management. Especial wishes to Jed McRory for his help in keeping the club afloat in 2013, Lee Power for what he will do in 2014, Mark Cooper and Williams for learning the job on the job so quickly and shaping a good bunch of players. The days on players staying at a club for long has become the exception, not the rule. We will need to get used to the idea joking players will come and go. As soon as they achieve meaningful financial value or demand over the clubs wage structure, they will be moved on for somebody new ready to be shaped into the next new starlet. It is great to see youngsters getting a foot in the game, learning and developing. I expect at least a mid table finish this year and a significant profit on player transfers before 2014 is out, with anything more than that a bonus.[/p][/quote]Rather have seasoned players and win something[/p][/quote]Like 10/11. Benzel

11:33am Wed 1 Jan 14

Benzel says...

harley red wrote:
ciclosporindorset wrote:
Happy New Year to all at stfc, fans, players and management. Especial wishes to Jed McRory for his help in keeping the club afloat in 2013, Lee Power for what he will do in 2014, Mark Cooper and Williams for learning the job on the job so quickly and shaping a good bunch of players. The days on players staying at a club for long has become the exception, not the rule. We will need to get used to the idea joking players will come and go. As soon as they achieve meaningful financial value or demand over the clubs wage structure, they will be moved on for somebody new ready to be shaped into the next new starlet. It is great to see youngsters getting a foot in the game, learning and developing. I expect at least a mid table finish this year and a significant profit on player transfers before 2014 is out, with anything more than that a bonus.
Rather have seasoned players and win something
Like we've done so many times in the past. Especially 10/11
[quote][p][bold]harley red[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ciclosporindorset[/bold] wrote: Happy New Year to all at stfc, fans, players and management. Especial wishes to Jed McRory for his help in keeping the club afloat in 2013, Lee Power for what he will do in 2014, Mark Cooper and Williams for learning the job on the job so quickly and shaping a good bunch of players. The days on players staying at a club for long has become the exception, not the rule. We will need to get used to the idea joking players will come and go. As soon as they achieve meaningful financial value or demand over the clubs wage structure, they will be moved on for somebody new ready to be shaped into the next new starlet. It is great to see youngsters getting a foot in the game, learning and developing. I expect at least a mid table finish this year and a significant profit on player transfers before 2014 is out, with anything more than that a bonus.[/p][/quote]Rather have seasoned players and win something[/p][/quote]Like we've done so many times in the past. Especially 10/11 Benzel

11:45am Wed 1 Jan 14

Oi Den! says...

mancrobin wrote:
Good to hear from Luke Williams who by all accounts is a massive influence on how well the Town has done this season.

Looking forward to seeing more of Branco and Storey, alongside Aaron Oakley when fit. The Thompson boys are great examples of young players who can come in and command regular first team slots.

Happy New Year to one and all!!

My New Year predictions are:
Swindon to thrash Crawley
Swindon to win the JPT
Coops to be named Manager of the Season
Power to register for British citizenship
Town to finish 6th.............
Happy New Year to you too manc.

My comments on your predictions:

"Swindon to thrash Crawley" - 1-0 win (if game not postponed)

"Swindon to win the JPT" - doubt it but not too bothered either way; pity we bowed out of both cup competitions without a fight.

"Coops to be named Manager of the Season" - no chance, even though he may well deserve it. Sadly, these awards nearly always go to managers who win things, regardless of the circumstances they work in.

"Power to register for British citizenship" - No reason to doubt he has it already, even if he is tax resident in Switzerland.

"Town to finish 6th...." - Town to finish about 12th... unless January transfer business is good.
If we do finish mid-table or above with this squad Cooper can feel satisfied with a job well done.
[quote][p][bold]mancrobin[/bold] wrote: Good to hear from Luke Williams who by all accounts is a massive influence on how well the Town has done this season. Looking forward to seeing more of Branco and Storey, alongside Aaron Oakley when fit. The Thompson boys are great examples of young players who can come in and command regular first team slots. Happy New Year to one and all!! My New Year predictions are: Swindon to thrash Crawley Swindon to win the JPT Coops to be named Manager of the Season Power to register for British citizenship Town to finish 6th.............[/p][/quote]Happy New Year to you too manc. My comments on your predictions: "Swindon to thrash Crawley" - 1-0 win (if game not postponed) "Swindon to win the JPT" - doubt it but not too bothered either way; pity we bowed out of both cup competitions without a fight. "Coops to be named Manager of the Season" - no chance, even though he may well deserve it. Sadly, these awards nearly always go to managers who win things, regardless of the circumstances they work in. "Power to register for British citizenship" - No reason to doubt he has it already, even if he is tax resident in Switzerland. "Town to finish 6th...." - Town to finish about 12th... unless January transfer business is good. If we do finish mid-table or above with this squad Cooper can feel satisfied with a job well done. Oi Den!

12:02pm Wed 1 Jan 14

jayden says...

My PREDICTIONS . To not eat a burger off the vans ,to not spill drink down my top, not to get lost again at Wembley again , Town to finish 9th . Also not to coax Wiz in to posting LOL . Happy new year to you all ,stay lucky.
My PREDICTIONS . To not eat a burger off the vans ,to not spill drink down my top, not to get lost again at Wembley again , Town to finish 9th . Also not to coax Wiz in to posting LOL . Happy new year to you all ,stay lucky. jayden

12:06pm Wed 1 Jan 14

Oxon-Red says...

harley red wrote:
ciclosporindorset wrote:
Happy New Year to all at stfc, fans, players and management. Especial wishes to Jed McRory for his help in keeping the club afloat in 2013, Lee Power for what he will do in 2014, Mark Cooper and Williams for learning the job on the job so quickly and shaping a good bunch of players. The days on players staying at a club for long has become the exception, not the rule. We will need to get used to the idea joking players will come and go. As soon as they achieve meaningful financial value or demand over the clubs wage structure, they will be moved on for somebody new ready to be shaped into the next new starlet. It is great to see youngsters getting a foot in the game, learning and developing. I expect at least a mid table finish this year and a significant profit on player transfers before 2014 is out, with anything more than that a bonus.
Rather have seasoned players and win something
Lucas, Cuthbert, Frampton, Amankwaah, Douglas, Prutton, Grella, Rose, McGovern, Timlin !!!

COYMR
[quote][p][bold]harley red[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ciclosporindorset[/bold] wrote: Happy New Year to all at stfc, fans, players and management. Especial wishes to Jed McRory for his help in keeping the club afloat in 2013, Lee Power for what he will do in 2014, Mark Cooper and Williams for learning the job on the job so quickly and shaping a good bunch of players. The days on players staying at a club for long has become the exception, not the rule. We will need to get used to the idea joking players will come and go. As soon as they achieve meaningful financial value or demand over the clubs wage structure, they will be moved on for somebody new ready to be shaped into the next new starlet. It is great to see youngsters getting a foot in the game, learning and developing. I expect at least a mid table finish this year and a significant profit on player transfers before 2014 is out, with anything more than that a bonus.[/p][/quote]Rather have seasoned players and win something[/p][/quote]Lucas, Cuthbert, Frampton, Amankwaah, Douglas, Prutton, Grella, Rose, McGovern, Timlin !!! COYMR Oxon-Red

12:09pm Wed 1 Jan 14

jayden says...

Town to win 2-1 today Story and Danny att 7642
Town to win 2-1 today Story and Danny att 7642 jayden

12:11pm Wed 1 Jan 14

Oxon-Red says...

My predictions:

Town to continue to play football at the CG.

Wes to start the first match in August.

Harley Red to win Euromillions on Friday and provide the funds required to bring in the players and manager he wants :-)

COYMR
My predictions: Town to continue to play football at the CG. Wes to start the first match in August. Harley Red to win Euromillions on Friday and provide the funds required to bring in the players and manager he wants :-) COYMR Oxon-Red

12:13pm Wed 1 Jan 14

Oi Den! says...

Oxon-Red wrote:
harley red wrote:
ciclosporindorset wrote:
Happy New Year to all at stfc, fans, players and management. Especial wishes to Jed McRory for his help in keeping the club afloat in 2013, Lee Power for what he will do in 2014, Mark Cooper and Williams for learning the job on the job so quickly and shaping a good bunch of players. The days on players staying at a club for long has become the exception, not the rule. We will need to get used to the idea joking players will come and go. As soon as they achieve meaningful financial value or demand over the clubs wage structure, they will be moved on for somebody new ready to be shaped into the next new starlet. It is great to see youngsters getting a foot in the game, learning and developing. I expect at least a mid table finish this year and a significant profit on player transfers before 2014 is out, with anything more than that a bonus.
Rather have seasoned players and win something
Lucas, Cuthbert, Frampton, Amankwaah, Douglas, Prutton, Grella, Rose, McGovern, Timlin !!!

COYMR
Greer, Paynter, Ward, Morrison, Austin - the inevitable break up of a good squad managed to failure in 09/10.
[quote][p][bold]Oxon-Red[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]harley red[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ciclosporindorset[/bold] wrote: Happy New Year to all at stfc, fans, players and management. Especial wishes to Jed McRory for his help in keeping the club afloat in 2013, Lee Power for what he will do in 2014, Mark Cooper and Williams for learning the job on the job so quickly and shaping a good bunch of players. The days on players staying at a club for long has become the exception, not the rule. We will need to get used to the idea joking players will come and go. As soon as they achieve meaningful financial value or demand over the clubs wage structure, they will be moved on for somebody new ready to be shaped into the next new starlet. It is great to see youngsters getting a foot in the game, learning and developing. I expect at least a mid table finish this year and a significant profit on player transfers before 2014 is out, with anything more than that a bonus.[/p][/quote]Rather have seasoned players and win something[/p][/quote]Lucas, Cuthbert, Frampton, Amankwaah, Douglas, Prutton, Grella, Rose, McGovern, Timlin !!! COYMR[/p][/quote]Greer, Paynter, Ward, Morrison, Austin - the inevitable break up of a good squad managed to failure in 09/10. Oi Den!

12:26pm Wed 1 Jan 14

Oxon-Red says...

I see MK Dons are about to lose their goals as Bamford is off to Derby, they could struggle.

COYMR
I see MK Dons are about to lose their goals as Bamford is off to Derby, they could struggle. COYMR Oxon-Red

12:47pm Wed 1 Jan 14

mancrobin says...

Oi Den! wrote:
mancrobin wrote:
Good to hear from Luke Williams who by all accounts is a massive influence on how well the Town has done this season.

Looking forward to seeing more of Branco and Storey, alongside Aaron Oakley when fit. The Thompson boys are great examples of young players who can come in and command regular first team slots.

Happy New Year to one and all!!

My New Year predictions are:
Swindon to thrash Crawley
Swindon to win the JPT
Coops to be named Manager of the Season
Power to register for British citizenship
Town to finish 6th.............
Happy New Year to you too manc.

My comments on your predictions:

"Swindon to thrash Crawley" - 1-0 win (if game not postponed)

"Swindon to win the JPT" - doubt it but not too bothered either way; pity we bowed out of both cup competitions without a fight.

"Coops to be named Manager of the Season" - no chance, even though he may well deserve it. Sadly, these awards nearly always go to managers who win things, regardless of the circumstances they work in.

"Power to register for British citizenship" - No reason to doubt he has it already, even if he is tax resident in Switzerland.

"Town to finish 6th...." - Town to finish about 12th... unless January transfer business is good.
If we do finish mid-table or above with this squad Cooper can feel satisfied with a job well done.
Happy New Year Den.

I'll defer to your greater knowledge of constitutional tax law but nothing else. :)
[quote][p][bold]Oi Den![/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mancrobin[/bold] wrote: Good to hear from Luke Williams who by all accounts is a massive influence on how well the Town has done this season. Looking forward to seeing more of Branco and Storey, alongside Aaron Oakley when fit. The Thompson boys are great examples of young players who can come in and command regular first team slots. Happy New Year to one and all!! My New Year predictions are: Swindon to thrash Crawley Swindon to win the JPT Coops to be named Manager of the Season Power to register for British citizenship Town to finish 6th.............[/p][/quote]Happy New Year to you too manc. My comments on your predictions: "Swindon to thrash Crawley" - 1-0 win (if game not postponed) "Swindon to win the JPT" - doubt it but not too bothered either way; pity we bowed out of both cup competitions without a fight. "Coops to be named Manager of the Season" - no chance, even though he may well deserve it. Sadly, these awards nearly always go to managers who win things, regardless of the circumstances they work in. "Power to register for British citizenship" - No reason to doubt he has it already, even if he is tax resident in Switzerland. "Town to finish 6th...." - Town to finish about 12th... unless January transfer business is good. If we do finish mid-table or above with this squad Cooper can feel satisfied with a job well done.[/p][/quote]Happy New Year Den. I'll defer to your greater knowledge of constitutional tax law but nothing else. :) mancrobin

3:42pm Wed 1 Jan 14

umpcah says...

We shall all follow the development of Branco and Storey with great interest. Alas we don't have chance to discuss their 2014 form yet ! Presumably Ranger discussions will be reduced until the 20th but I will go as far as to declare that I enjoyed seeing him play at the CG but then I always enjoy watching above-average players shine regardless of positions or leagues.
We shall all follow the development of Branco and Storey with great interest. Alas we don't have chance to discuss their 2014 form yet ! Presumably Ranger discussions will be reduced until the 20th but I will go as far as to declare that I enjoyed seeing him play at the CG but then I always enjoy watching above-average players shine regardless of positions or leagues. umpcah

12:24am Thu 2 Jan 14

stranglers says...

Robinonfire wrote:
Storey should have played from the start of the season and branco should take Wards place.......go to specsavers in the new year Mr Cooper
Agree.
[quote][p][bold]Robinonfire[/bold] wrote: Storey should have played from the start of the season and branco should take Wards place.......go to specsavers in the new year Mr Cooper[/p][/quote]Agree. stranglers

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