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THE RESULT: Byrne frustrated by inevitable equaliser
6:00am Monday 26th August 2013 in Sport
NATHAN Byrne expressed the frustration of the Swindon Town dressing room following the 2-2 draw with Gillingham on Saturday, stating the Robins failed to deal with a threat they knew all about before kick-off.
Byrne scored the first of Town’s two goals, but a Danny Kedwell header – straight from a long throw – and Cody McDonald’s late equaliser against the run of play earned the Gills a point.
With Kedwell and Adebayo Akinfenwa up front, Gillingham possessed a physicality and strength in the air which Swindon were well aware of in the build-up to the game.
But in the first half the Robins’ rearguard failed to deal adequately with the opposition, and as a result had to be satisfied with a draw.
Byrne said: “We knew we would never have been out-footballed by them. We knew their style of play and it’s not passing, it’s hit it forward and work off the second ball.
“We knew what was coming and unfortunately the goals – one was a big kick forward and the other a set piece – were exactly what we didn’t want to happen.”
Having played all season at left-back, Byrne was moved to the right wing at the weekend and scored within 11 minutes in his new position.
Should he remain part of the frontline, the former Tottenham man wants to ensure he continues to contribute goals to the Swindon side.
“I’ve had experience playing left-back so it doesn’t bother me where I’m playing, and I got a goal and made some chances as well,” he said.
“It was about the cross from Nathan and luckily the keeper didn’t get too much on it – it would have been the best save I’ve ever seen.
“Every wide player should be chipping in with assists and goals. I’ve got one in one from the wide right now and if I get asked to play there I should be getting assists and goals.
“We’ve got the quality out wide and from the full-backs to deliver good balls and now we’ve got Nile Ranger down the middle who’s a great hold-up man.
“We knew before Nile got here what he’s about. He’s big, strong and can win headers so we tried to make the most of that. We’re just disappointed with the goals.”
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