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Williams wants fans to return
ANDY Williams hopes Swindon Town’s display in the 3-2 Capital One Cup defeat to Aston Villa on Tuesday will have convinced occasional visitors to the County Ground to make a return trip for the FA Cup clash with Macclesfield this weekend, writes SAM MORSHEAD.
A packed house of almost 14,500 watched the visit of Villa, almost 5,000 more than the previous highest attendance of the season – 9,808 against Coventry last month – and a little less than 6,000 more than the average audience size at SN1 this term.
Williams said that the atmosphere generated by a large crowd benefits the team massively and, having pushed Premier League Villa all the way by playing attractive, free-flowing football, he believes Town may have encouraged a few hundred more casual supporters to become regulars.
“Hopefully a few of them will come back having seen what we can do and hopefully there will be a decent crowd on Saturday,” he said.
“It’s a big club and you can see that by the people who turned out.
“I expect they had to turn a fair few of them away that wanted tickets as well. Hopefully, for the people who came and watched the game we will have done enough to impress, and they’ll want to come back and watch us again.
“Anyone that hasn’t watched one of the gaffer’s sides before should know it’s definitely worth coming down to watch and we showed that against Villa.
“The type of football we play at times is great. We gave a Premiership side a head-start, which is not the thing to do at the best of times, but we showed we had the quality to get back into the game.”
Meanwhile, Williams stressed that preparing for the arrival of non-league Macclesfield on Saturday will be just as hard, if not harder, than the build-up to Tuesday’s game.
“If anything that’s a tougher game now,” he said.
“In a way the Villa game was easy because there was almost 15,000 people there cheering us on and the adrenaline carries you through the game.
“Obviously against a lower team it’s harder to motivate yourself but I think the lads here are good enough to go ahead and do that.
“Hopefully we can show our class and show why we’re favourites on Saturday.”