Luongo had faith Swindon could comeback for a point

Massimo Luongo challenges as Town go in search of a winner

Massimo Luongo challenges as Town go in search of a winner

First published in Sport Swindon Advertiser: Photograph of the Author by , Sports reporter

MASSIMO Luongo always believed that Swindon Town would go on and get at least a point against Coventry City on Saturday.

The County Ground side had to come from behind against the Sky Blues to secure a point and maintain the club’s unbeaten home league record.

The Australian international, who along with teammate Brad Smith links up with the Socceroos this week, says that boss Mark Cooper and assistant Luke Williams have instilled a belief into the players.

“Luke and the gaffer always say ‘trust the way that we play’,” he said. “All the boys are disciplined enough to keep the formation and the discipline.

“We trust the coaches. We know that if we play a certain way then we are going to get goals. We are going to get chances, that is what we do.

“We have shown that in the past five games, we will create chances. It is about trusting the system and it is up to us to finish it.”

Despite the build up to the Sky Blues game - there were injury concerns over strikers Michael Smith (shoulder), Andy Williams (back) and George Barker (shoulder) as well as midfielder Ben Gladwin - Luongo said that he was pleased that the team didn’t attempt to change their style of football.

“I thought that the boys were brilliant. We played good football. As always, we didn’t change our identity for most of the match.

“We did what we were supposed to do, unfortunately we only got a point.”

The 21-year-old is also not concerned by the manner of goals that the team are conceding, with an error from Josh Lelan leading to the Coventry opener.

“You say that we are inexperienced or whatever, but if they are the goals that we are conceding then they are easy fixes,” said Luongo.

“I think with the lads that we have got, we can work on that. We can be even better quite easily.

“When we conceded, they dropped a little bit, which played in to our hands a bit and we got into a groove. And when we scored, there was only one way that the game could have gone, but we didn’t finish off our chances.”

Luongo was also pleased that young striker Connor Waldon made the most of his opportunity after he got a late call into the starting XI following Smith’s later withdrawal on Saturday.

The midfielder added: “He did really well for us and his hold-up play was brilliant and brought the boys into the game really well.

“We know that is his strength. If it doesn’t go his way, then it is up to the rest of us to encourage him and back him. He can be brilliant f he gets the right backing.

“I’m quite close to him off the pitch. Speaking for him, it is probably easier to play alongside the boys that we have here.

“No-one gets on to him because we all like him and he feels that he can try things, and maybe get away with a few things, which is good because we want (the young players) to express themselves when they come on.”

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