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SWINDON TOWN: Luongo not taking place for granted
MASSIMO Luongo is happy to see competition for places in the Swindon Town midfield and knows he can’t take his place in the side for granted.
The Australian has played in every game for Town this season, starting all but one and scoring five goals, but Town are blessed in the centre of the pitch with Yaser Kasim, Ryan Harley, Ryan Mason, Louis Thompson and Alex Smith all capable of playing in the middle of midfield.
Harley is close to a first team return following a thigh injury, while Kasim returns from a one match ban at Macclesfield this weekend, and Luongo is fully aware he can’t take things for granted and is keen to continue to show he deserves a place in the side.
“It’s good because knowing you are going to play every week means you are going to take your foot off the gas a little but with Yas (Kasim) coming back, Mason fit again and Louis Thompson there it creates good competition,” he said.
“We are all different styles of players but we can fit in the same team so we all need to step up and try to keep our place in the team.
“We have depth in our squad and that will push us forward. I’ve played almost every match but I can’t stop and I need to keep pushing to prove I am better than the other midfielders.”
Luongo was pleased with the intensity levels Town showed during their 5-2 win over Port Vale on Saturday but knows that is a standard they now need to meet on a regular basis.
“We took a different approach in training in a bid to get the intensity up and bring in more of a fighting spirit which is what we need,” he said.
“We set ourselves a standard now and we have a Saturday game now with a whole week to rest so there is no excuse for us not producing it again.
“Our standards are high, and we set the standard against Port Vale, so we need to keep them up because we need to be intense both on and off the ball.”
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