FLITCROFT’S ROBINS CAREER OFF TO A FLYER
DAVID Flitcroft’s managerial reign at Swindon began with a hard-fought away win at Carlisle, and the new boss believes it is proof hard work pays off.Luke
Norris and Paul Mullin fired Swindon into a two-goal lead, and the visitors held on to claim three points despite Luke Joyce pulling a goal back.
And Flitcroft says the result, performance, and atmosphere were the perfect start to a new era for the club as they look to bounce straight back up to League One.
“That’s six weeks of really tough work and really hard miles the players have done,” Flitcroft said.
“Togetherness was the key. It’s something I’ve been trying to promote from day one. We’ve had days where it’s really looked like we’re together as a group and it showed in abundance.
“All of the debutants stood out – they’re all debutants to me, starting out in a new era. And with the supporters, it felt like a new era too.
“After the game [celebrating with the supporters] was amazing, and they are the moments you want to give them – sending them home with three points and something to really look forward to.”
It was not all plain sailing for the Robins – Lawrence Vigouroux tipped Nicky Adams’ powerful header over at full stretch on 23 minutes.
Then Jamie Devitt was unlucky not to give Carlisle the lead minutes later with a shot which crashed against the post.
But Norris gave Swindon the lead on 31 minutes, against the run of play, racing in to the area completely unmarked to head in Chris Hussey’s right-wing free-kick from six yards out.
Less than three minutes into the second half Mullin doubled Swindon’s advantage, bundling in the rebound when Jack Bonham parried John Goddard’s 20-yard strike.
Carlisle hit back through Joyce on 55 minutes, however, when Danny Grainger’s cross was worked to the edge of box and the midfielder coolly slotted into the bottom corner.
But Vigouroux twice saved from Richie Bennett’s towering headers midway through the half, and then denied Adams’ powerful strike in stoppage time as Swindon held on to win.
And Carlisle boss Keith Curle admitted his team have work to do, saying: “There were things I'm not happy with which we can improve on.
“We were not outplayed or outclassed, but we didn't get the run of the ball in the final third. Sometimes you need a kick up the backside in your first game and we know we need to do better.
“We got off to a nervy start and the first goal gave them something to defend. The second goal was again one we can learn from but all teams make mistakes.
“We showed good endeavour to get a goal back but could not get that clear cut opening at the end.” CARLISLE UNITED: (4-2-3-1): Bonham 6, Miller T 6 (Bennett 65 6), Liddle 7, Parkes 5 (Ellis 76 6), Grainger 7, Joyce 7, Jones 4, Lambe 5, Devitt 7, Adams 6, Hope 6 (Miller S 76 6). Subs not used: George, Cosgrove, Salkeld, Egan SWINDON TOWN: (4-2-3-1): Vigouroux 7, Purkiss 6, Conroy 8, Lancashire 7, Hussey 6, Dunn 5, Linganzi 6, Brophy 7 (Iandolo 60 6 (Thomas 83 6)), Mullin 7, Goddard 5, Norris 7 (Smith H 34 5). Subs not used: Henry, Robertson, Smith T, Twine
MAN DOWN: Hallam Hope of Carlisle fouls Dion Conroy STAR MAN DION CONROY Swindon