Byrne left to rue what might have been

Nathan Byrne

Nathan Byrne

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NATHAN Byrne suggested a twang of disappointment did exist in the Swindon Town squad after they failed to reel in Peterborough United for the final League One play-off place.

The Robins ended the season eighth in the table, following a last-day defeat to Rotherham United at the County Ground, and were left eight points behind the sixth-placed Posh.

Though that in itself represented a major success for a Swindon squad expected by many to be battling against relegation in 2013/14, Byrne still revealed that there was a frustration that Town didn’t pick up the points they needed to haul Peterborough in.

“We were disappointed, definitely,” he said. “When you come that close to nicking in there from Peterborough and it comes down to the last two games you’ve got to be disappointed but it’s more frustrating looking at the games like Crewe away, Crawley at home, MK Dons at home, where we dropped points that we don’t feel we should have.

“We’re good enough to stop that and it’s definitely a big learning curve for the lads. Hopefully we can win those games next year that we’ve been drawing.

“It’s a young group of lads and for 80 per cent of the lads it’s their first season. There’s a few of the young boys, like me, who have played in the league quite a few times but for a lot of the lads this is their first full season.

“It’s going to take it out of them but I think we’ll definitely learn and grow from it.

“Our squad is very young and some of the lads haven’t had many league games, so I feel like I’m experienced in that sense. All the lads are quite commanding and we’ve all got a good bond.”

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