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Luongo: I needed the rest

Swindon Advertiser: Massimo Luongo Massimo Luongo

MASSIMO Luongo has admitted that he was in desperate need of a break from competitive action prior to being rested from Swindon Town’s midweek clash with Crawley Town.

The Australian midfielder, who was this week summoned into his country’s national squad for the upcoming friendly against Ecuador, was given the chance to recuperate by manager Mark Cooper after three quarters of an intense season which had seen Luongo on the pitch for all bar 104 minutes of the 61-and-a-half hours of football Town had played prior to Tuesday night.

After two days doing nothing - in his words - Luongo is fit and raring to go ahead of the trip to Crewe Alexandra this afternoon, and he was happy to accept that his manager got the decision spot on.

“I’ll be honest and say I really needed that rest,” he said. “It’s only one game or two days but those two days basically not doing anything does me good. I think I’ll feel fresh for Saturday.

“I didn’t ask for it. I turned up to training Monday expecting a day before a game training session where we do shapework or whatever we do, expecting to be in the first XI but he brought me aside and said ‘we’re going to give you a rest’.

“I said ‘are you sure’ and he said ‘you need it, mentally and physically as well’ so I said alright, no problem.”

Luongo conceded that elements of his game have not been as dynamic or energetic as maybe they were at the start of the campaign, perhaps as a result of fatigue.

“At the beginning of the season if I got the ball I could run 90 yards if no one was in front of me, now I’d probably look for a pass and let the ball do the work if I can,” he said.

“Probably physically there’s a change in my game - I might not be getting up and down the pitch as quickly - but as a whole not really. I can do a different job or do a good job for the team no matter how tired I am.

“If the opportunity is there for me to run with the ball I’ll run with it as fast as I can, as hard as I can but fatigue does kick in and in the back of my minds I’m thinking ‘if I can clip it down the line someone else can do it for me’ and it does help having players around you who can do the hard work for you as well.

“I know Louis is going to cover me, Yaser is going to cover me so maybe I’ll push forward a bit more. Our relationship is really good.”

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6:51am Sat 1 Mar 14

the wizard says...

No, what you need is a reality check. Fit young man doing a dream job, gets paid for keeping fit and daily training and you needed a rest. Sorry bud, that doesn't stack up. Come out into the real world and do a real job, a few 12 hour shifts, say in a foundry, like the old railway works. Wake up son, you haven't even realized yet that you have been born.
No, what you need is a reality check. Fit young man doing a dream job, gets paid for keeping fit and daily training and you needed a rest. Sorry bud, that doesn't stack up. Come out into the real world and do a real job, a few 12 hour shifts, say in a foundry, like the old railway works. Wake up son, you haven't even realized yet that you have been born. the wizard
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8:41am Sat 1 Mar 14

Davethered says...

You've taken the words right out of my mouth. An hour or so daily training , plus a full game once or twice a week . Go and work 10 hour shifts in any Motor factory in Swindon for six day's a week . Then you need a rest , and guess what. You can't have one. Wake up matey and smell the Roses. At times sports people make me sick. Bl00dy wimps . Man up
You've taken the words right out of my mouth. An hour or so daily training , plus a full game once or twice a week . Go and work 10 hour shifts in any Motor factory in Swindon for six day's a week . Then you need a rest , and guess what. You can't have one. Wake up matey and smell the Roses. At times sports people make me sick. Bl00dy wimps . Man up Davethered
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8:58am Sat 1 Mar 14

6degreessouth says...

Spot on wizard and dave. It really gets my goat up when I read sh1t like this, a young man admitting he needs a rest. Get a life son.
Spot on wizard and dave. It really gets my goat up when I read sh1t like this, a young man admitting he needs a rest. Get a life son. 6degreessouth
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10:27am Sat 1 Mar 14

Billy hunt 65 says...

We are not as fit as the PDC era .. He would've had him out of the door
Needed a rest ? Don't we bloody all
Shambles man up Cooper and sort them out!
We are not as fit as the PDC era .. He would've had him out of the door Needed a rest ? Don't we bloody all Shambles man up Cooper and sort them out! Billy hunt 65
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10:40am Sat 1 Mar 14

Carlo says...

Well said Luongo. Ignore these jealous moaners.
Well said Luongo. Ignore these jealous moaners. Carlo
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11:18am Sat 1 Mar 14

Dover Red says...

We all need a rest, mostly from the moaners
We all need a rest, mostly from the moaners Dover Red
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12:35pm Sat 1 Mar 14

the wizard says...

Dover Red wrote:
We all need a rest, mostly from the moaners
Really ??? not moaning, Macari, Hoddle, PDC, The GREAT Danny Williams, would have laughed at him.

We are not as fit as any team under those managers, and Bert Head would have toasted him for breakfast, a rest??? do us all a favour, Blummin pathetic !!

Perhaps this attitude of being wrapped in cotton wool is why we are suffering the results we are, seems to those of us in the REAL world that they are having it all too easy under Cooper and some hard work, dedication and graft is needed to sharpen this lot up. Five and six o'clock training sessions and double training at that, and miss "the day off", and get some drive and determination back into the squad, too many paid too much for doing far too little. Our standard hasn't slipped since PDC left, no, its fell off the edge and is free fall, no discipline on or off the pitch and too many having things far too easy. I didn't want to go this far, but Cooper is now definitely the wrong man to push this team forwards. Power, get yourself somebody who will command respect as these guys are walking all over him.
[quote][p][bold]Dover Red[/bold] wrote: We all need a rest, mostly from the moaners[/p][/quote]Really ??? not moaning, Macari, Hoddle, PDC, The GREAT Danny Williams, would have laughed at him. We are not as fit as any team under those managers, and Bert Head would have toasted him for breakfast, a rest??? do us all a favour, Blummin pathetic !! Perhaps this attitude of being wrapped in cotton wool is why we are suffering the results we are, seems to those of us in the REAL world that they are having it all too easy under Cooper and some hard work, dedication and graft is needed to sharpen this lot up. Five and six o'clock training sessions and double training at that, and miss "the day off", and get some drive and determination back into the squad, too many paid too much for doing far too little. Our standard hasn't slipped since PDC left, no, its fell off the edge and is free fall, no discipline on or off the pitch and too many having things far too easy. I didn't want to go this far, but Cooper is now definitely the wrong man to push this team forwards. Power, get yourself somebody who will command respect as these guys are walking all over him. the wizard
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1:38pm Sat 1 Mar 14

alchafreds says...

pathetic statement get over your self
pathetic statement get over your self alchafreds
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2:04pm Sat 1 Mar 14

alchafreds says...

Dover Red wrote:
We all need a rest, mostly from the moaners
are you for real
[quote][p][bold]Dover Red[/bold] wrote: We all need a rest, mostly from the moaners[/p][/quote]are you for real alchafreds
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2:14pm Sat 1 Mar 14

Lunchtime Red says...

Who are these idiot posters ??
The manager decided he needed a rest. Luongo has been played flat out for most of the season and he needed a break to get his edge back. We should see the benefit in the Crewe game and for the rest of the season. Football is a team game and there is no point flogging your star players to death - in fact its counter productive.

I think Cooper was right to rest him - and so does Luongo.
Who are these idiot posters ?? The manager decided he needed a rest. Luongo has been played flat out for most of the season and he needed a break to get his edge back. We should see the benefit in the Crewe game and for the rest of the season. Football is a team game and there is no point flogging your star players to death - in fact its counter productive. I think Cooper was right to rest him - and so does Luongo. Lunchtime Red
  • Score: -4

2:18pm Sat 1 Mar 14

the wizard says...

In our most successful sides most players played the whole season, apart from injuries. If they are taking their fitness seriously then they should be able to manage that.
In our most successful sides most players played the whole season, apart from injuries. If they are taking their fitness seriously then they should be able to manage that. the wizard
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