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SWINDON TOWN: Stephens: 'We deserved our point'

Swindon Advertiser: Swindon Town loanee Jack Stephens made his debut in the 0-0 draw at Bristol City this afternoon Swindon Town loanee Jack Stephens made his debut in the 0-0 draw at Bristol City this afternoon

DEBUTANT Jack Stephens felt Swindon Town fully deserved to take a point from their trip to Bristol City this afternoon.

Stephens, signed on loan from Southampton on Thursday, impressed at the heart of the Town defence alongside Troy Archibald-Henville, as the Robins produced a stoic rearguard effort to keep City at bay despite having to play 35 minutes with 10 men following Alex Pritchard’s dismissal for violent conduct.

The 20-year-old, highly rated at St Mary’s, admitted to being nervous before kick-off but it didn’t tell as he slotted seamlessly into the Swindon back four.

After the game, Stephens told the local media: “It was a great atmosphere, a brilliant first game to be involved in, all the lads worked hard and overall I think it was a great point.

“I didn’t get too much time but sometimes that can be a good thing. Troy has helped me through this game a lot; he’s a very good player, he’s been there and done it and he helped me through the game.

“We only had Friday to get together but I thought we did really well today. We definitely rode our luck at times but the way we worked we deserved that.

“There were a few frantic moments but overall I felt they didn’t put too much pressure on us. All the lads worked really hard – not just the back four – and we definitely deserved the point.

“I was a little bit nervous before the game but I’d say I was more excited. The gaffer here said it was going to be a massive game for the club, the fans came out in force and I thought they were excellent today.

“Overall I was just excited to get out there and play.”

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10:00am Sun 16 Mar 14

mancrobin says...

Get him signed.
Get him signed. mancrobin
  • Score: 4

12:11pm Sun 16 Mar 14

oo-r-ya? says...

Too good for us. He's bound for better things.
Too good for us. He's bound for better things. oo-r-ya?
  • Score: 0

8:24pm Sun 16 Mar 14

MARK TITCOMBE says...

He was brilliant compared to Ward or Hall etc so why didn't Cooper see this a long time ago like a most of us? It yet again shows that Cooper is not good enough. Why leave it so late to replace Ward and hence strengthen our defence? It could have been a very different story this season, that's for sure.
Will he reprimand Pritchard for his stupid behaviour I wonder? or sit him on his knee and tell him not to worry as he is young and a work in progress etc?
Come on Lee P, GET A STRONG MANAGER FOR NEXT SEASON...... one that gets them to play the same type of attractive football but with passion to go forwards with the passing/moves, rather than sideways or sitting too deep. It was so apparent that we don't use the wings to get crosses in. Why can't we play a mixture of this possession football along with some decent crosses coming in from the line. We are surely bound to score more goals and with a better defence this could be devastating.

I just hope someone listens to common sense and takes action as there are a massive number of regular fans who agree with these comments.

COYR'S
He was brilliant compared to Ward or Hall etc so why didn't Cooper see this a long time ago like a most of us? It yet again shows that Cooper is not good enough. Why leave it so late to replace Ward and hence strengthen our defence? It could have been a very different story this season, that's for sure. Will he reprimand Pritchard for his stupid behaviour I wonder? or sit him on his knee and tell him not to worry as he is young and a work in progress etc? Come on Lee P, GET A STRONG MANAGER FOR NEXT SEASON...... one that gets them to play the same type of attractive football but with passion to go forwards with the passing/moves, rather than sideways or sitting too deep. It was so apparent that we don't use the wings to get crosses in. Why can't we play a mixture of this possession football along with some decent crosses coming in from the line. We are surely bound to score more goals and with a better defence this could be devastating. I just hope someone listens to common sense and takes action as there are a massive number of regular fans who agree with these comments. COYR'S MARK TITCOMBE
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