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Gaffer: Swindon will be new challenge under Taylor

8 March 2018

Manager Gary Johnson admits he expects Swindon Town to be a new proposition under caretaker Matt Taylor this weekend.

Taylor has taken the hotseat at the Energy Check County Ground after previous boss David Flitcroft moved to Mansfield.

And Johnson revealed that will present its challenges come kick-off this weekend.

He said “We don’t know quite what we are going to come up against at Swindon with Matt Taylor taking over and we have to wait and see what sort of shape he wants and what sort of team he wants to select.

“It’s a bit of a mystery to us and we have to work on a few things, but they are still a good side who will want to keep themselves in the play-off situation.

“They (Swindon) have had some big name managers like Ossie Ardiles, Tim Sherwood, and they are a club people respect.

“Lee Power has gone in there as the chairman, they have got relegated, but he’s promised to bring them back up and he has done a good job trying to do that.

“They have a very good team, with good contacts, often signing players from Tottenham and it’s a club always looking to do something.

“The fans will be disappointed with last year, coming down, but Lee has told them he’ll put it right and he has nearly done that, they are there or thereabouts.”

Johnson is keeping his tactics close to his chest ahead of the clash but acknowledges he wants his Robins to replicate the performances against Luton Town and Notts County.

“I thought we played really well at Luton and could have won it,” he said.

“Luton’s quality came back at us to get them a draw, but our stats show we played really well against Notts County and should have definitely won the game with the opportunities we had.

“We had the best passing accuracy of the season so far for us and we had chances.

“We didn’t create too many in the first half, but we certainly created enough to win the game in the second, so I am concentrating on our form really at this moment in time and the last couple of games I’ve been pleased with the performances.

“As selection goes, I take each game at a time,” he added. “It’s always good to have more people available to have that headache, but if the team is going well, sometimes you struggle to get back in.

“Pelly (Harry Pell) will know that, but he’s been training hard and if he does get that opportunity to come back in he’ll be ready.”

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