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Thompson delighted by Town's resolve at MK Dons
FIVE months after being part of a Swindon Town side which limped to defeat at MK Dons during last season’s run-in, Nathan Thompson was delighted with the resolve shown by a very different Robins set-up in their weekend draw in Buckinghamshire.
Back in April, Swindon were not at the races as they slumped to a 2-0 defeat to the Dons with a performance that lacked penetration or potency.
This time around, before the dismissal of Nathan Byrne in the 51st minute, Town were assured in possession and dangerous going forward and even after they were reduced to 10 men found the wherewithal to stick it out for a point.
Thompson, one of only five Swindon players to have started both games at stadium:mk this year, reflected on a job well done.
“There were extremely encouraging signs,” he said. “When we were 2-1 up against Gillingham with 11 men on the field we conceded a sloppy goal for them to equalise.
“We’re deflated in the dressing room with a 1-1 draw but many teams would be delighted with 11 men on the pitch.
“You just have to look at the back-end of last season when we were pushing for the play-offs with a more experienced team and we came here and got beat 2-0.
“To come here and be disappointed with a 1-1 result shows how much we’ve come on already.
“We continued to play the same formation (after Byrne’s sending-off) and they found they had a lot more room out wide. Dean Lewington and Danny Green seemed to be on two versus ones a lot of the time and it’s difficult.
“When we played Nicky Ajose on and played more of a four across midfield we sussed them out and they didn’t create too much more after that.”
Trips to Wolves and Preston, a home clash with Bristol City and the Capital One Cup tie against Chelsea await Swindon during a daunting September, but Thompson is buoyant going into the difficult run of fixtures.
“This month is very difficult, we’ve got some strong away teams but we’ve come on leaps and bounds in the last few weeks,” he said.
“We’ve conceded a sloppy goal today so it’s something that needs to be ironed out and hopefully we’ll put it right next Saturday.”
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