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Roberts: 'We have to boss the game'
GARY Roberts has urged his Swindon Town teammates to learn to boss games at the County Ground after the Robins dropped points at home for the third time in four league outings.
Following two defeats, to Colchester and Leyton Orient, and the destruction of Bournemouth, Town had to rely on a late salvo to rescue a draw against Coventry.
For a team that was nigh-on unbeatable on home turf last term, producing consistency at SN1 is becoming a bit of an enigma this time around, and Roberts told the Advertiser it is down to the team’s mentality going into the game. “Last season Swindon had a great home record but, no disrespect, we’re playing against better teams this season week in week out,” he said.
“If you looked at Coventry’s teamsheet, they were riddled with good players. It’s no disrespect to League Two but we are up against better players this year.
“Everyone in this league can beat everyone, home or away, so it’ going to be a hard game wherever you are.
“But I do think we need to push ourselves onto teams a little bit more because it is our home. We need to take the game to teams.
“Today we didn’t really. We started well but we didn’t really take the momentum on.
“We let them come into the game a bit and let them play. When teams play they get momentum.
“We were a little bit disappointed to concede because it’s not a great goal.
“We’ve got to boss the game a little bit more at home.”
Despite going back to the dressing room at half-time trailing to two David McGoldrick goals, Roberts claimed that the Swindon players never once thought they were out of the clash.
And, having got back into the match, the winger revealed the squad were not all that happy with just a single point. You’re happy to be back in the game.
“Once we got the first goal personally I thought we’d get a second,” he said.
“You’d think at 2-0 down you’re happy to take a point but it wasn’t like that in the dressing room, we could have taken all three.
“I think the neutral watching the game would say we had enough chances to win the game.
“We didn’t start too well but overall we’ve had the best chances in the game and we’ve come away a bit disappointed.
“They just scored at the right time. We’ve played a lot worse and gone in at 0-0. We didn’t play bad, we could have played better and we have played better but I didn’t think we deserved to be 2-0 down.
“When you’ve got players on the pitch like they have – McGoldrick and (Carl) Baker and the abilities they’ve got – they can hurt you. They scored two goals at killer times for us, “There was no kicking or shouting at half-time because everyone knew we could get something out of the game.
“The manager encouraged the players and it proved right in the end because we went and got a point.”
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