ALEX Pritchard thinks Swindon Town’s young players are starting to mature as a team after their impressive 3-2 victory at Port Vale.
Pritchard, restored to the Town starting line-up after a two-match suspension, played a starring role as the Robins came from 2-0 down at half-time to beat the Valiants at Vale Park.
The on-loan Spurs winger helped create Nile Ranger’s 51st-minute strike, which brought his side back into the game, before scoring the equaliser and playing a part in the move which ended with Nathan Byrne bundling over the winner in the 68th minute.
And after all that Pritchard told the Advertiser that Swindon are growing as individuals and as a collective.
“We’ve always said we’ve got a young team and there’s not a lot of gametime in there – this is my first season of proper football,” he said.
“I’m still getting used to it and I think we’re all starting to get the gist of it now and playing as a team.
“We shouldn’t have been 2-0 down in the first half.
“We were saying if we got an early goal then we’d do them and we got an early goal and we won 3-2.
“You can’t just be calm and say ‘yeah, it’s going to happen’.
“You’ve got to get into the lads and I think we reacted really well when we came out.
“We knew if the defence stayed high we’d win a lot of the ball and we did that.
“We’ve got to stop conceding these goals. One we’ve tried to clear and it’s hit someone and they’ve scored.
“We’re playing all as a team and if we play like that we could do well.”
Pritchard’s equaliser was a now-trademark free-kick from 25 yards but the 20-year-old was typically modest in describing his stunning strike.
“I’ve just got to hit the target.
“I’m happy,” he said. “It’s been a while since I scored a free-kick and to get one at 2-1 down is good.”