Mass hails 'big' result as Town stay in play-off hunt

Swindon Advertiser: Massimo Luongo Massimo Luongo

MASSIMO Luongo celebrated a “big” win over Shrewsbury Town after Swindon Town scored twice in the last few minutes to secure three crucial League One points.

Two goals from debutant Michael Smith, coupled with Nile Ranger’s late header, were enough to give a below-par Town victory at the County Ground and keep the Robins in the race for a play-off place.

Luongo, who admitted the inclement weather played a major part in disrupting Swindon’s preferred passing style of football, was delighted with the win.

He told the Advertiser: “It was big. We’ve come from two losses and we are confident coming into home games but it sets us up for another away game on Tuesday. If anything it proves to the fans and to everyone that we’re not going through a slump at the moment and we can bounce back.

“I thought the first half was difficult, with the wind and the rain, and we had to focus on being more compact in midfield and all over the pitch and being a unit.

“We had to be first to second balls and everyone has to work hard for each other because they had the conditions as bad as us.

“It’s not really an excuse but for about five minutes we couldn’t get out. The goal-kicks were just coming back at us and it was difficult.

“To take us to the next level we need to soldier the moments and battle through them. It’s a learning curve but we stuck it out.”

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7:36am Mon 27 Jan 14

street2000 says...

Not one of your better games mr luongo
Not one of your better games mr luongo street2000

7:53am Mon 27 Jan 14

LeGod says...

everyone had a poor game and the whole team need to get their act together and perform Tuesday night otherwise we will get ripped apart if we play like that against Walsall who are the best team for me i have seen this season.

We are worryingly so bad at the back that i hope Troy is brought back early for this game Tuesday. Ward is pedestrian slow and seemed unaware of whar was going on around him on saturday. He was by far the worst player saturday and Luongo and Kasim are not clicking as they were. Harley seemed to want to keep setting Shrewsbury up fpr chances in our 18 yard bov. The only players who came did ok were Thompson,Ranger,Smit
h,Wes Pritchard the rest dont deserve a mention.
I hope MC has done his homework for Tuesday night as they certainly did on us last time we played them and i fear for Tuesday night what it could end up.
everyone had a poor game and the whole team need to get their act together and perform Tuesday night otherwise we will get ripped apart if we play like that against Walsall who are the best team for me i have seen this season. We are worryingly so bad at the back that i hope Troy is brought back early for this game Tuesday. Ward is pedestrian slow and seemed unaware of whar was going on around him on saturday. He was by far the worst player saturday and Luongo and Kasim are not clicking as they were. Harley seemed to want to keep setting Shrewsbury up fpr chances in our 18 yard bov. The only players who came did ok were Thompson,Ranger,Smit h,Wes Pritchard the rest dont deserve a mention. I hope MC has done his homework for Tuesday night as they certainly did on us last time we played them and i fear for Tuesday night what it could end up. LeGod

9:34am Mon 27 Jan 14

burley01rs says...

Ward was bad, nearly gave 2 goals away.
Ward was bad, nearly gave 2 goals away. burley01rs

9:39am Mon 27 Jan 14

Hampshire_ReD says...

Despite some of the team putting in sub-par performances, I still cannot understand how Mark Cooper does not see that 2 strikers is the way to approach games.

Against Coventy it was almost too late by the time he changed it, and against Shrewsbury - a team you would expect us to hammer - on league position alone - I simply don't get why he picked such a negative 1st 11.

Despite Town having a majority in possesion of 57% to 43%, Shrewsbury still managed to get more shots on target.

(Pritchard aside), the midfield were very poor, and wasteful leading to unattactive football - this needs to be worked on - we need to use the wings better, and create supply for our strikers.

screwing around on the half-way line does not win games.
Despite some of the team putting in sub-par performances, I still cannot understand how Mark Cooper does not see that 2 strikers is the way to approach games. Against Coventy it was almost too late by the time he changed it, and against Shrewsbury - a team you would expect us to hammer - on league position alone - I simply don't get why he picked such a negative 1st 11. Despite Town having a majority in possesion of 57% to 43%, Shrewsbury still managed to get more shots on target. (Pritchard aside), the midfield were very poor, and wasteful leading to unattactive football - this needs to be worked on - we need to use the wings better, and create supply for our strikers. screwing around on the half-way line does not win games. Hampshire_ReD

10:51am Mon 27 Jan 14

Cleuso says...

Saturday was a wierd game...a howling gale and driving rain in the first half and town did pretty well playing against it..Shrewsbury didn't face that same onslaught in the second, everyone knows our team is all about passing and style and not an "up and at them" model... Saturday was a game where they stood up to poor conditions and whilst the second half display was not great and the win undeserved in the end a win is a win...

Goes without saying, as if any match isn't, tomorrow is very very important and a point would be excellent. Although that wouldn't close the gap in the next 10 games Walsall's fixture list on paper at least looks horrendous with 8 game against teams in the top 11 and 4 against those in the top 6 (ignoring themselves) ..Town have just 4 against the top 11.

Continue to grind out results like Saturday and even if not pretty or deserved then the league table could look improved. It's winning that is important between now and the end of the season..no matter how you achieve it or not...lucky teams often win things, and teams too good to go down often do.
Saturday was a wierd game...a howling gale and driving rain in the first half and town did pretty well playing against it..Shrewsbury didn't face that same onslaught in the second, everyone knows our team is all about passing and style and not an "up and at them" model... Saturday was a game where they stood up to poor conditions and whilst the second half display was not great and the win undeserved in the end a win is a win... Goes without saying, as if any match isn't, tomorrow is very very important and a point would be excellent. Although that wouldn't close the gap in the next 10 games Walsall's fixture list on paper at least looks horrendous with 8 game against teams in the top 11 and 4 against those in the top 6 (ignoring themselves) ..Town have just 4 against the top 11. Continue to grind out results like Saturday and even if not pretty or deserved then the league table could look improved. It's winning that is important between now and the end of the season..no matter how you achieve it or not...lucky teams often win things, and teams too good to go down often do. Cleuso

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