Fast start is the key for Robins says Luke
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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