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SWINDON TOWN: McEveley expects tough run of fixtures
JAY McEveley feels that the coming month will be a true test of what stage Swindon Town’s young team is at in their development.
The Robins face daunting trips to MK Dons, Wolves and Preston in League One in September, as well as a home clash with Bristol City and the visit of Chelsea in the Capital One Cup.
McEveley thinks the series of fixtures will provide Town with a proper character examination.
He said: “It’s going to be a massive test. If we come through this we can have a very good season. Things aren’t going to go all our own way this month. There are going to be times when we’re going to have to stick together or grind it out.
“It’s up to myself, Wardy (Darren Ward), Wes (Foderingham) and Ryan Harley to guide the younger lads through if they haven’t experienced it before, and hopefully we can come out the other end with a good return from those games.
“It’s a tough run but I feel that playing against better teams, with the way we play football now, would probably be better for us.
The full-back was unwilling to suggest a figure which would constitute a reasonable points return from Town’s four league games this month, but he stressed that performances matter just as much as points in the early weeks of the new campaign.
“I couldn’t really put a number on it, you’d have to ask Coops (boss Mark Cooper) that. You’re looking at points but you’ve got to look at performances as well,” he said.
“If we can carry on the way we’ve been doing things at those places, without any fear, it’s only going to stand us in good stead.”
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