Flint bags double as Robins go for glory
SWINDON ..........3 STEVENAGE ........0
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