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SWINDON TOWN: An early start for Foderingham
WITH Paolo Di Canio at the helm, Wes Foderingham would have got used to being required for training much earlier than usual.
Perhaps the ways of Swindon Town’s former madcap Italian boss have rubbed off on the Robins’ goalkeeper, therefore, after Foderingham pitched up four hours early last week.
Instead of being punished for a particularly sloppy performance, however, the Town number one was on this occasion the victim of crossed wires in the Swindon camp.
On Friday, the Robins’ training session was moved back to lunchtime prior to the team catching the coach to Milton Keynes, but Foderingham did not get the message.
He explained: “The communication has been a bit bad recently. What happens is the management tell the players what’s happening throughout the week and the keepers had already gone off 10 minutes earlier with Fraser.
“We don’t really hear some of the stuff throughout the week, what’s going on. I’ve turned up four hours early.
“I thought I was the first one in and I was waiting there 10 minutes before training started and no one was turning up and I was thinking ‘this isn’t right’.
“I gave the manager a call and he told me to come back four hours later so I just went back to bed.”
While Foderingham’s timekeeping might need a bit of work, his goalkeeping continues to attract rave reviews this term.
Eight games in and the former Crystal Palace man, who recently passed 100 appearances in Swindon colours, has four clean sheets to his name.
“The clean sheets haven’t really come in the league, they’ve come in the cup, but I’ll take them whichever way they come and I’m pleased with it,” he said.
“It’s gone very quickly for me. I’ve been here a few years now and managed to play the majority of the games so to reach over 100 games is very pleasing.”
Like the rest of the Town squad, Foderingham disagreed with referee Stuart Attwell’s decision to hand Nathan Byrne a red card at MK Dons on Saturday, and he’s hoping the club’s appeal against the dismissal is successful, for the sake of his teammate.
“It’s bad timing. We’ve got good cover it’s just disappointing for him on a personal level because he’ll miss the Chelsea game which everyone wants to be a part of and we’ve got Wolves and Bristol City - two big games,” he said.
“We need our best players and hopefully the appeal is successful and he can play in all three.”
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