Date: 17th December 2015 at 4:56pm
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Manager Martin Ling and Jordan Turnbull have admitted the weekend’s victory over Rochdale was far from pretty, but what mattered was the three points.

Beginning with Ling, in his post game interviews as carried by the Official Site he explained that it was all about the win.

‘It wasn`t pretty. I just said to the players: I just feel where we’re better now off the ball but on the ball today we were poor again. It’s not always easy against ten men – it lifts the other team sometimes and they do a bit more. It’s four wins out of five and still room for improvement. It’s important to stay in games and battle it out and I thought we did that today.’

With disappointment about the performance on the day, he accepted that Swindon like to pass the ball and when that doesn’t come off, the crowd get restless but again he felt it was one of those days where the points were what mattered, and he felt there were positives from the play.

‘We like to pass the ball and I know the crowd get frustrated. When we did get out we looked dangerous but just decision-making in the top third as well. Maybe we invited pressure onto us. Maybe it’s still a confidence thing here. It’s not massively slick at the moment but 12 from 15 – I would have snapped your hand off if you’d offered it me at the start.’

With two quick fire goals in the first half turning the match in our favour following their reduction to ten men, he went on to say that he felt the first in particular was an ‘excellent’ one but he had to admit luck played its part in the second.

‘The first goal was an excellent goal. It was the first time we had any type of movement and moved them from side to side. The second goal was a bit lucky with a big deflection but if you don`t shoot you don`t score. We’re frustrated. If you looked at training there’s more to come from us it’s just not clicking. It’s like a stuttering car at the moment and when we click into gear we look really sharp but it’s just not clicking into gear at the moment.’

As for Turnbull, in his own post game interview he explained that often when sides are reduced to ten men and the game plays out like that, you don’t noticed the man extra and it’s not always the advantage fans think it should be.
o the official website after the game, the defender says that the conditions and the visitors being reduced to ten men contributed to making life difficult for the Town.

‘The most important thing is that we got the three points. We had a good first half – obviously it helped us with man getting sent off but playing against ten men we found it difficicult in the second half with conditions. We dropped off the pace a bit but three points is what we wanted. After a while you didn`t notice they had ten men. They pressed us well and especially in the conditions we found it hard to play at times. We may have overplayed at times but we definitely could have scored a couple more goals.’


‘Like I’ve said, the most important thing was the win today. We’ve started a little run of games now and spirits are high. Everyone is confident and that’s what we needed coming up to a busy period. Hopefully we can continue this run we`re on.’