ROBINS FAITH­FUL RIS­ING TO INCE SKILLS

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Char­lie Ben­nett

RO­HAN Ince could be the se­cret in­gre­di­ent for Swin­don Town this sea­son as they con­tinue to fight against rel­e­ga­tion, ac­cord­ing to man­ager Luke Wil­liams.

The 24-year-old mid­fielder joined on loan from Cham­pi­onship high-fly­ers Brighton in late Jan­uary and has made a ma­jor im­pact at the County Ground al­ready – scor­ing his first goal against Gilling­ham in mid­week.

Ince has added much­needed pro­tec­tion in front of the back four and his in­flu­ence has steadily grown, help­ing the Robins to back-to-back wins be­fore yes­ter­day’s match with fel­low rel­e­ga­tion can­di­dates Chesterfield.

Wil­liams claims the for­mer Chelsea youngster has been a god­send, who can make the dif­fer­ence in the fi­nal few months.

“The crowd have re­ally taken to him and quite rightly too,” said Wil­liams. “He has given us some­thing we were re­ally cry­ing out for and he’s re­ally un­der­stood the role we’ve asked of him.

“It is a dif­fer­ent role to what he’s done pre­vi­ously at Brighton and Chelsea but he’s re­ally taken to it.

“And for him to get a goal is a great op­por­tu­nity for the fans to re­ally show him how they ap­pre­ci­ate him.

“It was an­other man-ofthe-match per­for­mance on Tues­day, so I’m re­ally pleased for him be­cause I think all of his de­fen­sive work some­times means he doesn’t get the op­por­tu­nity to get for­ward.”

By sit­ting deep in mid­field, Ince has al­lowed Swin­don’s more creative play­ers to make the dif­fer­ence in at­tack, and striker Jonathan Obika, 26, is an ex­am­ple of some­one who has flour­ished af­ter scor­ing in back-to-back games.

“We’ve al­ways known he’s got an en­gine, he’s set­tled down now and we’re see­ing the real Incey,” said Obika. “He brings the con­fi­dence for the front play­ers to go out and ex­press them­selves.”

PRAISE: Ro­han Ince

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