SWINDON Town goalkeeper Joe Wollacott reflected on an excellent debut at the County Ground – saying he felt he played “alright” during the club’s 2-1 win over Crewe Alexandra on Saturday.

The 24-year-old – who is on a rolling seven-day emergency loan from Championship club, Bristol City – made two fantastic saves as well as dealing with almost everything that came into his box.

Wollacott denied striker Mikael Mandron on more than one occasion – the first of which he argued could have been described as ‘routine’ by some critics.

Reflecting on a winning start to his time in Wiltshire, Wollacott said: “I thought I played alright, especially considering I haven’t played for a while.

“I thought that if I just do the basics well, the rest will take care of itself.

“With the early save, some critics might say it was a routine save. I just tried to assess where the ball was, I tried to get into the best position to give myself the best chance of saving it.

“That’s what I’m there for, ultimately, and I’m just delighted that we ended up winning the game.”

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Having joined Bristol City as a 14-year-old, Wollacott is still yet to make a professional appearance for his hometown club, but has been out on loan to a number of non-league clubs before joining Forest Green Rovers for a short loan spell last season.

The straight-talking Bristolian sees his contract at Ashton Gate run out in the summer too, but remains keen to fight for another deal after he returns from the County Ground.

Wollacott says he loves playing in goal and cannot imagine doing anything else in football – comparing the feeling of pulling off a match-winning save to scoring a last-minute goal.

He said: “I’ve been at Bristol City almost 10 years now. As you get older, you realise sometimes your opportunities arise at different times, so you have to be patient.

“I guess I just love playing in goal – coming to catch a cross or making a match-winning save. I’ve never scored before so I wouldn’t know the feeling, but I guess it’s a similar feeling as that.

“Being a goalkeeper, it’s only one position and therefore only one player can play at a time. You have to respect your colleagues around you and be patient.

“But opportunities can come further down the line. I haven’t had many, but it’s something that I’m willing to keep working towards.”