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SWINDON TOWN: Thompson has had enough of playing catch-up
DEFENDER Nathan Thompson knows Town can’t carry on conceding early goals if they want to push for promotion from League One this season.
Mark Cooper’s side have gone 1-0 down inside the first 10 minutes of their last three league games, with Scott Golbourne’s cross putting Wolves ahead, Aden Flint heading Bristol City into the lead and Iain Hume beating Wes Foderingham to give Preston the advantage on Saturday.
Town came back to beat Bristol City 3-2 but lost the other two games, and while Thompson can’t put his finger on why the Robins defence is being breached so early he knows they can’t keep putting pressure on the club’s forwards to bail them out.
“I couldn’t pin-point the exact reason but we know deep down (conceding early goals) is not good enough,” he said.
“In the last couple of games we’ve conceded two goals or more and that just can’t happen.
“We can’t expect the strikers or midfielders to have to score three goals to win us a game of football. It’s difficult with the way we play, we’re so attack-minded that it does leave some space at the back and if teams exploit it it can leave us a little bit vulnerable.
“The manager said on Saturday that rather than pushing both full-backs on we’re now going to leave one in and give us a little bit of extra cover. Hopefully against Tranmere we can put things right.”
Town are without a league win on the road this season but are also unbeaten at the County Ground, and Thompson has praised the loyal Town fans’ part in their success in Wiltshire ahead of this weekend’s home clash with Tranmere.
“At home we’ve got 8,000 fans and they give you the extra lift like just saw against Bristol City. I think they spurred us over the line,” he said.
“At home sometimes it’s a mentality thing. We’ve been so good at home that you come into the game expecting to win. Tranmere will come and set up like Preston did the other day and we have to be in a position where we can break them down.”
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