Fast start is the key for Robins says Luke

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Daniel Shel­don

SWIN­DON boss Luke Wil­liams has chal­lenged his side to pro­duce an elec­tric open­ing against Wal­sall to­mor­row af­ter his side were held to a goal­less drew at home to AFC Wim­ble­don on Fri­day.

Wil­liams knows that his side can move out of the drop zone by beat­ing Wal­sall and he be­lieves a cou­ple of mi­nor changes could be the dif­fer­ence ahead of to­mor­row’s clash.

The Swin­don boss was frus­trated with his side’s lack­lus­tre open­ing against the Dons and says an elec­tric start is cru­cial to claim­ing all three points.

He said: “The idea is to tin­ker as lit­tle as you can and make the max­i­mum im­pact.

“We have to use the squad be­cause of the games be­ing so close to­gether.

“One of the key things in this type of sce­nario is don’t start badly and be 2-0 down at the break and then you need real hero­ics to level be­fore you can even think about win­ning.

“At the mo­ment, to be al­ways one goal away from win­ning the game, which we have been for the last four games, it is tempt­ing to change but that al­ways gives us a chance to win.”

Wim­ble­don should have taken the lead in the 30th minute when Ty­rone Bar­nett found him­self in on goal, but the striker scuffed his shot into the hands of Lawrence Vigouroux. The home side im­me­di­ately re­sponded with a chance of their own through John God­dard, but his curl­ing ef­fort from out­side the area was kept out by Joe McDon­nell’s fingertips.

Swin­don had another chance mid­way through the sec­ond half when Bradley Barry’s long range shot flew just over the cross­bar.

But the Dons could have won it in the fi­nal mo­ments when Jake Reeves burst through the Swin­don de­fence but he could only fire his shot straight at Vigouroux.

And AFC Wim­ble­don man­ager Neal Ard­ley is hop­ing his play­ers can re­cover quickly ahead of their clash against Peter­bor­ough.

He said: “Peter­bor­ough are a good team and we beat them up there and put in one of our best per­for­mances of the sea­son.

“They are very open in the way they play and they have ob­vi­ously won and lost games play­ing that way.

“They are a big, strong team and there is noth­ing to lose so we will have a right go at it and try to win the game, and if we don’t, we don’t.

“I’d like to think my play­ers will be able to re­cover quickly and we will make sure that in the next two days we will do every­thing pos­si­ble to get them ready to go again.”


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