Byrne serious about the play-offs

Swindon Advertiser: Town's Nathan Byrne Town's Nathan Byrne

SWINDON Town might as well abandon the rest of the 2013/14 campaign if they are not serious about making the League One play-offs.

That is the forthright view of full-back Nathan Byrne, who has insisted the Robins still believe they have a good chance of securing a place in the top six despite being seven points off the pace with 14 games of the season remaining.

Defeat at Leyton Orient on Saturday, coupled with victories for Peterborough United and Rotherham United, increased the gap between Swindon and the play-off pack, leading some fans to suggest Town’s chances of promotion are all but gone.

But Byrne responded strongly to suggestions that the Robins have lost touch with the promotion picture, claiming that was far from the case.

He told the Advertiser: “All the lads are looking for the play-offs. If we’re not going to strive for something there’s no point, we might as well just give in now.

“All the lads want to reach the play-offs and I think we still can do that if we keep putting results together.

“We’ve seen we can get results against any sort of opposition in our league. Obviously the lads haven’t been as good as we wanted to be away from home but there are still 14 games to go and we’re still pushing on and looking to get in the play-offs.

“We’ve all looked at the rest of the fixtures and we’ve seen all the bigger clubs and the clubs who are up there have still got to come to us. There are a lot of points up for grabs. In seasons gone by there have been a lot of teams pick up a lot of points in the last 10 to 15 games.

“Fatigue comes into it and we’ve got a young squad so I think there’s every possibility that we can still get into the play-offs.”

Having been covered in praise following their 3-2 win at Port Vale on February 8 and comiserated for their penalty shoot-out defeat to Peterborough last week, Town’s players were lambasted by their supporters for a meek display at Orient on Saturday.

Byrne said that dealing with a rollercoaster of emotion is a crucial part of a footballer’s daily life.

“That’s football, isn’t it, that’s all you can say,” he said. “You can understand fans – they pay their money and they want to see good football and they want to see us winning.

“When we’re not doing that they’re going to obviously be disappointed but as a footballer you can’t let that affect you and you can’t let that get on your back otherwise you’re going to start playing worse. That doesn’t go into my head.

“We want to impress our fans and we want to get wins together. We want it as much as they do, that’s all I can say.”

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6:17am Tue 25 Feb 14

6degreessouth says...

Joker or what
Joker or what 6degreessouth

7:57am Tue 25 Feb 14

Rebel_phish says...

I reckon we need 10 wins from the last 14 games - Easy-peasy.

Forget the fact that we have only won 13 in the last 32. Still think we'll get to the Play-off's anyone?
I reckon we need 10 wins from the last 14 games - Easy-peasy. Forget the fact that we have only won 13 in the last 32. Still think we'll get to the Play-off's anyone? Rebel_phish

9:11am Tue 25 Feb 14

Robinonfire says...

Its good to dream
Its good to dream Robinonfire

9:58am Tue 25 Feb 14

Stickshaker says...

talk!
talk! Stickshaker

11:22am Tue 25 Feb 14

hertz says...

Unortunately most are not serious .Iif this is the case and Cooper wants to emulate Swansea (post above) , then do what Swansea have done cut the stupid tip tap and put some fire back in the belly and make them work like they really want it starting tonight . COYR
Unortunately most are not serious .Iif this is the case and Cooper wants to emulate Swansea (post above) , then do what Swansea have done cut the stupid tip tap and put some fire back in the belly and make them work like they really want it starting tonight . COYR hertz

1:28pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Swindon1984 says...

"We want it as much as they do, that’s all I can say.”

Sorry, can't believe that - I can take watching the town lose but turning up and putting in a meek effort, trotting around like they can't be bothered, that hurts, and we've seen it too many times this season.

I can see what Cooper's trying to say about passing, possession football but I can't imagine he's firing them up to go out and play based on how slowly we tend to start games - even if he was, all that impetus would fade rapidly once a player steps out and is told to pass it continually forwards and backwards across his own box until he gets closed down so much he needs to pass back to the keeper, who lashes it forward to no-one...

I've said it so many times before, if we play ourselves into trouble and have to go home, then punt, why not just play the long ball game in the first place? I'm not saying that's what I want to see but if it's inevitable because our "passing" game is strictly sideways then why bother - no penetration, no point.

I'm generally one of the "happy clappers" if that's the term people want to use, or at least try and be positive, but am first and foremost a realist - it's not slit your wrists time, but it is often "I wonder why I bothered coming" time based on some recent performances. Oldham particularly stuck in the craw as a wasted afternoon. Really wonder where the points are going to come from, and it's a terrible thing to say but I'm not hugely looking forward to the games we have remaining this season - will still be there, will still cheer the team on, but won't go with a lot of confidence, as it seems like we have little left to play for at this point. Would LOVE to be proved wrong but just can't see where we'll get the wins we need.

Then again this is Swindon - just when we look confident the ground usually falls from beneath our feet. Maybe the opposite is also true, and all the cynicism around will spur the lads on to victory. We can always dream! COYR.
"We want it as much as they do, that’s all I can say.” Sorry, can't believe that - I can take watching the town lose but turning up and putting in a meek effort, trotting around like they can't be bothered, that hurts, and we've seen it too many times this season. I can see what Cooper's trying to say about passing, possession football but I can't imagine he's firing them up to go out and play based on how slowly we tend to start games - even if he was, all that impetus would fade rapidly once a player steps out and is told to pass it continually forwards and backwards across his own box until he gets closed down so much he needs to pass back to the keeper, who lashes it forward to no-one... I've said it so many times before, if we play ourselves into trouble and have to go home, then punt, why not just play the long ball game in the first place? I'm not saying that's what I want to see but if it's inevitable because our "passing" game is strictly sideways then why bother - no penetration, no point. I'm generally one of the "happy clappers" if that's the term people want to use, or at least try and be positive, but am first and foremost a realist - it's not slit your wrists time, but it is often "I wonder why I bothered coming" time based on some recent performances. Oldham particularly stuck in the craw as a wasted afternoon. Really wonder where the points are going to come from, and it's a terrible thing to say but I'm not hugely looking forward to the games we have remaining this season - will still be there, will still cheer the team on, but won't go with a lot of confidence, as it seems like we have little left to play for at this point. Would LOVE to be proved wrong but just can't see where we'll get the wins we need. Then again this is Swindon - just when we look confident the ground usually falls from beneath our feet. Maybe the opposite is also true, and all the cynicism around will spur the lads on to victory. We can always dream! COYR. Swindon1984

4:13pm Tue 25 Feb 14

LeGod says...

we all want to make the play offs and if the players honestly believe that then they all have to step up a couple of gears and put in some good perfmances and get some good results as out of the last 11 games we have won 3 and that is not ply off form and the performances have been poor as well.
Now Bryne has stated that lets hope we get a performance and result starting tonight and not the rubbish i sat and watched at Orient on saturday.
I hope he is right because the amount of games we have lost is the same as City in the bottom four. I keep saying it as well that unless we get our **** in gear we could be looking over our shoulder very soon if we dont. We need two wins now on the trot to get us going tonight and saturday.
we all want to make the play offs and if the players honestly believe that then they all have to step up a couple of gears and put in some good perfmances and get some good results as out of the last 11 games we have won 3 and that is not ply off form and the performances have been poor as well. Now Bryne has stated that lets hope we get a performance and result starting tonight and not the rubbish i sat and watched at Orient on saturday. I hope he is right because the amount of games we have lost is the same as City in the bottom four. I keep saying it as well that unless we get our **** in gear we could be looking over our shoulder very soon if we dont. We need two wins now on the trot to get us going tonight and saturday. LeGod

5:42pm Tue 25 Feb 14

harley red says...

Playoffs don't think so , as form is poor I don't think top ten is possible . Oh well off to the footy .
Playoffs don't think so , as form is poor I don't think top ten is possible . Oh well off to the footy . harley red

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