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SWINDON TOWN: Roberts delighted with his goal
6:00am Monday 22nd April 2013 in Sport
WINGER Gary Roberts was pleased to get a rare helping hand from the woodwork as he scored Swindon’s second goal in the 3-0 victory over Stevenage.
The former Huddersfield man had hit the frame of the goal seven times this season going into the game against Graham Westley’s side, and when he clipped it again after twisting and turning on the edge of the box, the ball eventually ended up in the back of the Stevenage net.
Manager Kevin MacDonald believes Roberts has been back to his best during the last two games, and the winger was pleased to have a bit of luck come his way after going close so often during his first season in Wiltshire.
“It was about time one went in because I haven’t had much luck in front of goal this season and have hit the woodwork seven times so far,” he said.
“Some keepers have made some good saves, so it was nice to see one in the back of the net and after that we controlled the game.
“As a winger when people get you the ball and you are on a high you feel invincible and that you can do everything, and that bodes well.
“It was a good win with a good performance, and it could have gone flat after our performance on Tuesday but we started on the front foot and got after them.
“We play one way and that’s with a high tempo, and I think that was too much for them in the end.”
Roberts is an experienced League One play-off campaigner having reached the last two finals with former club Huddersfield, and is looking forward to tackling the end-of-season shoot-out with the Robins after they sealed their place.
“This is a few years on the spin for me now and I’m used to this at the end of the season,” he said.
“It’s good because if you win through the play-offs it’s better than going up automatically, and you get the day out at Wembley which can be magical.
“Last year we thought we were owed it because we lost out a couple of times with Huddersfield, and to do it again would be wonderful.”
The 29-year-old is expecting an electric atmosphere at the County Ground for the home leg of the play-offs, but before then his focus remains centred on the final regular season game away at Scunthorpe.
“In the last two games the fans have been terrific and came out in their numbers again, and if we set a good tempo at the start of the game the fans will jump on it,” he said.
“The play-offs should be sold out, and I don’t think anyone would like to come here.
“Yeovil are not as physical as Sheffield United, and up there we didn’t give a good account of ourselves so maybe Sheffield United might fancy us, but it’s a lottery.”
“Hopefully we can go to Scunthorpe and go into it on the back of three wins, but they have a chance of staying up so it will be a tough game.”
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