Date: 31st December 2015 at 4:12pm
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With a game against Gillingham on Boxing Day and a Bank Holiday Monday encounter with Burton Albion then manager Martin Ling was left disappointed by both showings with a respective three one and one nil defeat over the festive fixtures.

Speaking to the Official Website following the Gillingham loss, a disappointed Ling effectively admitted they were stronger than Swindon in the areas where it counted – in both boxes.

Otherwise he felt we matched them in the middle of the park.

‘I thought it was a very even game, first half. We matched them and were unlucky to come in 2-1 down. I’ve spoken an awful lot about playing well and getting results but, second half, we didn`t turn up, to be fair. They are big, strong and solid. They play to their strengths and today, their strengths beat our strengths. If you`re in front and you start to play, you relax and we never had the opportunity to do that and that can take some confidence. It’s been a good run, it’s come to an end and you can see why they are doing so well in the league. They`ve got a good unit, they’re well-drilled and they’ve got some decent players. In the second half we never really asked any questions of them and that`s disappointing. We certainly lost control and that competitive edge in second half.’

Ling went on to say that having taken the early lead through Jon Obika, it was the true cliche of being at our most vulnerable as it was unconscionable that we let them back in to draw level within 60 seconds, and of course that hit the side and gave them a great lift.

‘It was a great move from us and a great finish from Jon Obika. Then it’s the old story of being most vulnerable when you’ve just scored a goal then they’re back level which is disappointing. Dack took it well but we dropped too deep when you have to be on your mettle and that cost us because we didn`t enjoy that lead for anywhere near long enough.’

Having then been reduced to ten men following the double yellow card of Raphael Rossi Branca, Ling said it was a case of trying to bolt the door after the horse had run but he had no complaints about the sending off as both were justified yellow cards.

And that brought us to his thoughts on rejigging for Burton on Monday and how he hoped their advantage having not played wouldn’t count against the side as he knew we needed to be competitive given their form this year following promotion.

It did – with a one nil defeat at the Pirelli Stadium.

‘The performance was good in the first half. They were a bit fresher than us but we had chances and didn`t put one away then got done with the sucker punch. Performance-wise I`m happy. Their ‘keeper wins man of the match – that probably tells you where we are at the moment. You got to put some of it down to the fact that we played on Boxing Day and they haven`t so there`s going to be more in their legs. It was a difficult ask coming here at the best of times but to come here off the back of playing and them not playing makes it a real big task. We were in the game all the way through.’

With their winner coming late on from 12 yards, Ling said he needed to see it back on replay as he was that far from it he couldn’t give a guaranteed opinion on the call but Jordan Turnbull was adamant in the dressing room it wasn’t a foul.

Ending, he repeated he was still seeing progress in the overall group and the play, and he seemed content enough with that and he felt there was a lot more to come from the group.

‘I see Swindon Town as better than where we are in the league but not quite ready to be up there with the top boys. We`re competitive now. Against Gillingham and today we were more than capable. We know where we are – we`ve steadied the ship but we need to kick on again.’

A day later he had resigned, with the club citing health reasons.

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