Mass proud to wear the armband

Massimo Luongo

Massimo Luongo

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MASSIMO Luongo revealed he was unable to conceal a “cheeky smile” when he was named Swindon Town captain by manager Mark Cooper on Saturday.

The Australian skippered the Robins against Rotherham United in the absence of Nathan Thompson through suspension and led by example with a man-of-the-match performance.

Afterwards, he said taking on the armband was “a privilege”, adding: “I was quite happy with it. The gaffer didn’t tell me before or anything, he just named the team and said ‘Mass is captain’. I had a cheeky smile on my face but I was happy to do it.

“I’m not necessarily one to shout and scream but if I can lead in other ways, whether that’s the way I play, driving with the ball, maybe that’s what he sees. I was happy to, especially in the last game, following Nathan Thompson and Ward. It was a privilege.”

Town were beaten by two Wes Thomas goals, the first after 52 seconds, as a decent second-half display could make up for an abject first half-hour.

Luongo said: “For about 30 minutes we looked asleep. I wouldn’t say all of us, some of the boys put a shift in, but you need the whole team to be performing, especially with the way we play.

“We came in at half-time, the gaffer said a few words and everyone spoke up a little bit and we didn’t want to go into the end of the season on a bad note, especially with a home game. I think we proved to everyone that we mean business for next season.”

Reflecting on the League One season in general, Luongo was content with an eighth-placed finish.

“Seventh would have been nice but coming into the season everyone didn’t have a pre-season,” he said. “Some boys didn’t come in until a week before the season started. I’d say it’s a developing season with us. I’m quite pleased with the end result.”

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8:43am Mon 5 May 14

mandrossian says...

A goal down after 52 seconds? I blame the captain :-)
A goal down after 52 seconds? I blame the captain :-) mandrossian
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9:04am Mon 5 May 14

outlaw2 says...

Its not all about a good pre season Mass, its about doing the biz EVERY week, and thats what stopped Town going up, or at least getting in the play-offs this year - inconsistency.
Its not all about a good pre season Mass, its about doing the biz EVERY week, and thats what stopped Town going up, or at least getting in the play-offs this year - inconsistency. outlaw2
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10:31am Mon 5 May 14

Oxon-Red says...

outlaw2 wrote:
Its not all about a good pre season Mass, its about doing the biz EVERY week, and thats what stopped Town going up, or at least getting in the play-offs this year - inconsistency.
Pre-season as a squad gives the manager and players 5-6 games to gel, learn the way the team is to set up, try formations and players in roles, I would say pre-season is important in helping them do the business on the pitch. Players joining after the start of the season take time to integrate with the squad and learn exactly what the manager wants.

COYMR
[quote][p][bold]outlaw2[/bold] wrote: Its not all about a good pre season Mass, its about doing the biz EVERY week, and thats what stopped Town going up, or at least getting in the play-offs this year - inconsistency.[/p][/quote]Pre-season as a squad gives the manager and players 5-6 games to gel, learn the way the team is to set up, try formations and players in roles, I would say pre-season is important in helping them do the business on the pitch. Players joining after the start of the season take time to integrate with the squad and learn exactly what the manager wants. COYMR Oxon-Red
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1:50pm Mon 5 May 14

port de soller says...

What they need is some serious training send them down to Taunton 40 Commando my old unit 2 weeks there and they will know what fitness is
What they need is some serious training send them down to Taunton 40 Commando my old unit 2 weeks there and they will know what fitness is port de soller
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