Flint bags dou­ble as Robins go for glory

SWIN­DON ..........3 STEVE­NAGE ........0

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Nick How­son

MAN­AGER Kevin MacDon­ald has warned his Swin­don side will en­ter the League One play-offs fear­ing noone fol­low­ing a thump­ing win over ten-man Steve­nage.

Aden Flint’s vol­ley put the home side ahead be­fore Dani Lopez’s send­ing off for slap­ping Alan McCor­mack saw Steve­nage re­duced to ten-men be­fore the break.

Gary Roberts dou­bled the lead af­ter Andy Wil­liams’ lay-off be­fore Flint ham­mered home a third to book a play-off meet­ing against any of the cur­rent top six.

“I’m de­lighted for the play­ers and for the sup­port­ers,” said MacDon­ald.

“It’s the first ob­jec­tive and now we’ve got to push on­wards and up­wards and the next ob­jec­tive is to hopefully win the semi-fi­nal and get to the fi­nal and take it from there.

“We need to keep the mo­men­tum go­ing by get­ting the right re­sult next week at Scun­thorpe and I think ev­ery­one will be think­ing the same.We’re not fright­ened of any­body. When we’re on it we cre­ate plenty of chances.”

The Robins went in search of a piv­otal fourth win of McDon­ald’s reign against a Steve­nage side reel­ing from the first de­feat of Gra­ham West­ley’s third spell in charge against Yeovil Town.

The hosts be­gan shack­led by nerves amid the enor­mity of the oc­ca­sion and al­most fell be­hind as Mark Roberts’ header was saved by Wes Foder­ing­ham.

But last sea­son’s League Two cham­pi­ons went a step closer to mak­ing it back-to­back pro­mo­tions as Flint volleyed su­perbly past Chris Day.

Steve­nage’s frus­tra­tions spilled over as Lopez saw red for strik­ing McCor­mack six min­utes prior to the in­ter­val. And Town se­cured their play-off lot­tery ticket with two goals within 20 sec­ond half min­utes as Wil­liams found Roberts, who ri­fled in off the post be­fore Flint re­acted quick­est from Dar­ren Ward’s blocked shot to lash past Day.

Steve­nage boss West­ley said:“We’ve been shown in the last few games ex­actly what the play­off teams have got that we haven’t, if you look at it on all sorts of lev­els.

“Or­gan­i­sa­tion­ally, phys­i­cally, the team men­tal­ity, the at­ti­tude to win­ning, pro­fes­sion­al­ism; there are all sorts of gaps be­tween our­selves and the win­ning level.

“We’re go­ing to have a long pre-sea­son to put in place what isn’t in place right now. A lot of the lads are try­ing to ap­ply them­selves to a new way of do­ing things but some­times it’s not in their body to give you the game that they want to give you.”

DOU­BLE: Swin­don’s Aden Flint


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