SWINDON Wildcats star Lee Richardson says he is happy to ‘do what he’s told’ even if it means occupying an unfamiliar position for the good of the team.
A forward by trade, Richardson has been used as a makeshift defenceman since returning to the Link Centre from Slough in December, but insists he is content with that arrangement.
“This season in Slough I was back and forth every game,” he said.
“It (playing defence) is something you get used to as you get older and especially coming into a new team, you don’t walk in and say, ‘I’m doing this and I’m doing that’, you do what you’re told.
“That’s fair enough. As long as I’m helping and hindering the team, that’s all that matters.
“Being around a long time you read the game better and that helps. I’m a defensive forward anyway, so it’s not too bad.
“There’s still things I have to do better but hopefully I can learn that and help the team.
“As long as the boys are winning, that’s all we have to do.”
Richardson played his part as Swindon saw off the challenge of visitors Bracknell 6-3 on Wednesday to cut the gap on the Bees to two points in the EPL standings.
The victory was the start of a busy January which includes away trips to Manchester, Sheffield, Telford, Milton Keynes and Bracknell.
“It’s a massive month, I think we’ve got nine games so to start off with a home win is exactly what we needed,” said Richardson.
“We needed to close the gap (on Bracknell) to make sure that we’re still in touch and so that we give ourselves the chance to overtake them if we keep playing well.
“It was a bit tighter than we would have liked. We’re frustrated because we didn’t play as good as we wanted to, but you have to take the positive that we still won without playing well.
“There’s still things that are going to get better like the powerplay, which is going to improve once we’ve had a proper practice together.”