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SWINDON TOWN: No fairytale finish for Wes
KEEPER Wes Foderingham had visions of being the Swindon Town hero at Oldham on Saturday before his late foray into the Latics’ box was ultimately fruitless.
With Town 2-1 down going into stoppage time, the 22-year-old was twice sent into the opposition penalty area in search of an equaliser but despite the ball being sent in his direction he couldn’t make an impact.
After the game the Town keeper revealed he had never attacked a set piece at any level of football in his career and was disappointed his first attempt came to nothing when it could have been so different.
“I’ve not gone up for a corner before so I had a bit of a chance to write the headlines there, but I didn’t so I’m disappointed,” he said.
“I looked at the gaffer and he gave me the signal to go up, and I was always going to go to the back stick because you see so many balls fall there, but it wasn’t to be.
“I’ve gone to the back post with Granty (Hall) and I think I shouted ‘keeper’s’ so I think he thought it was their keeper, so maybe I was out of my depth there. I would have backed myself to get on the end of it but it was the first time I’ve ever come up.”
The Town keeper also admitted he and his teammates could have done better with both Oldham goals, scored by Carl Winchester and Danny Philliskirk, during Saturday’s defeat.
“For the first one he (Winchester) is going away from goal and Grant (Hall) is doing the right thing in showing him down the line but he’s got a good shot off to be fair. I couldn’t see it but maybe I could have done a little bit better although I did get a hand on it, but it wasn’t enough.
“The second was a good finish but the principle is to mark in the box and we didn’t do that well enough in that situation.”
Foderingham admitted Town were slow out the blocks once again at Boundary Park and insisted the Robins played into the hands of their hosts.
“It wasn’t a good performance and we’re all disappointed with that and the manager let us know his thoughts at the end,” he said.
“We started too slow and you can’t do that when you come away, and although we picked it up in the second half we need to be doing that from the start.
“Other teams will be looking at the DVDs and looking at the footage of us before the games to see how we play, and they will see we like to pass the ball and then they press us high up the pitch.
“Sometimes we play into their hands a little bit and try to play it out a little too much and get caught in possession too often. That results in conceding sloppy goals and sometimes we maybe need to get rid of the ball and get Ranger on it.”
“We created nothing really and didn’t have that many shots on target, and they didn’t either, but we lost the game so we need to be able to see games like that out and take a draw.”
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