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Town travel to Swindon with “hunger to build” insists Simon Weaver

23 February 2023

Club News

Town travel to Swindon with “hunger to build” insists Simon Weaver

23 February 2023

Gaffer Simon Weaver believes recent performances have given his players the motivation to continue in their improvement as they travel to face Swindon this weekend.

Tuesday's draw with Grimsby saw the side extend their unbeaten run to three matches and with another point on the board, Weaver has backed his side to do just that.

“There is a hunger to build on the last couple of performances. Salford, Crewe and at Grimsby we could have easily ended up with five points. We have got three but they are three gritty points and that gives us a platform to build on.”

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With three points the aim, the gaffer believes consistency is key with final preparations now set to get underway.

“It's important that we are consistent with our messages that we give to the players. If we can do that hopefully the players can be consistent in their performances, we are very proud of the way we have gone into games recently.”

In our last match-up with Swindon, Town ran out with a 3-0 victory at The EnviroVent. However, Weaver insists his players must be focused on a fresh challenge.

“It's more a case of the here and now. Tactics have changed, personnel have changed since the start of the season. We just have to focus on recent matches and how Swindon are setting out to play now.

“We know they are a total football team, we have a different look about us at the moment and we have to make sure we stay switched on because any switch off moment and Swindon will look to exploit that.”

Looking ahead to the contest, the 45-year-old believes similarities can be drawn from Tuesday's challenge against Grimsby.

“It's another tough place to go. We know we have to work hard in every single game to accumulate points. It's no different from Tuesday night. We have to be passionate and dedicated to the cause.”

Weaver has revealed he and his coaching staff have been watching Swindon closely since the arrival of their new Head Coach Jody Morris last month and he expects a similar challenge on Saturday.

“We have enough evidence over the last four games to have a look. After their victory against Salford we aren't expecting a dramatic change, they are a team with threats, they like to get on the ball and play but they can also switch it up when they need to.”

This weekend's match marks our fifth match in 11 days and Weaver admits squad management will be important to ensure performance levels remain high.

“It is a physically demanding period. There is no doubt it's important that we freshen it up at times, we've got to wary of that happening. If players begin to tire that can impact aspects like their decision making so it's important to have those options.”

Having kept a clean sheet at Grimsby, Weaver heaped praise on Mark Oxley and the defensive line which he believes gives Town a solid base between now and the end of the campaign.

“The performance of the backline and goalkeeper the other night were right up there at the top drawer for this level. We would rather build on that and try to work on building confidence on the ball and hopefully we can take advantage of weaknesses in the opposition.”
 
 

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