Benson willing to play the waiting game

Benson willing to play the waiting game

Benson willing to play the waiting game

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PAUL Benson may have been in and out of the Swindon Town side recently, but with the benefit of experience the striker knows not to take it personally.

The 32-year-old, signed from Charlton in January, started and scored against Burnley in midweek having sat on the bench for the wins over Portsmouth and Bournemouth - but it has not all been plain sailing for the man who registered 12 times in his first five months in Wiltshire last season.

Benson has made seven appearances in all this term, five of which have come from the start, as he battles with James Collins and Adam Rooney for a place in manager Paolo Di Canio’s first XI.

While the frontman admitted his frustration at being unable to get into a goalscoring rhythm up front, he stressed that in football tactics and strategy can dictate whether or not a player is involved on a regular basis, no matter how well he is playing.

When asked whether being in and out of the side was a result of Di Canio’s various gameplans, Benson told the Advertiser: “I think so. As far as I know he hasn’t got a problem with me, he hasn’t said he’s got any problem with me, so I just need to take my chance when I get it.

“It is frustrating, I would like to be playing every week but I do look at the squad, I look at the players who are here and I see people like James Collins, who’s a tremendous player, and you’ve got Adam Rooney now who came on on Saturday and scored and is looking very good and obviously Willo (Andy Williams).

“Willo’s a given to start pretty much every game now because of the performances he’s put in so I need to just be ready when I’m called upon.

“I hope that the gaffer sees that, when he does call on me, he can trust me to put in a performance that he’s after.

“It’s tough to find a rhythm when you’re in for one game and out for two. I didn’t even come off the bench for the last two games (prior to the win against Burnley) so it’s tough to find a rhythm.

“As a forward, if you get one goal you generally try to get two or three because the confidence is there.

“I’m old enough to realise that football is a squad game and the gaffer’s not leaving me out because he doesn’t like me or because he’s got a problem with me, he’s leaving me out because he feels he’s picking a side that’s good enough to win Swindon a football game.

“With the benefit of my age, being 32 now, I can see where he’s coming from and I’m not going to kick up too much of a fuss because it’s a great squad we’ve got here.”

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8:23am Sat 29 Sep 12

avo says...

A great professional. Benno is tops.
A great professional. Benno is tops. avo
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8:28am Sat 29 Sep 12

Chish and Fips says...

One of the best, if not the best signing made last season, a true professional.
One of the best, if not the best signing made last season, a true professional. Chish and Fips
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8:40am Sat 29 Sep 12

umpcah says...

PAUL : You will be a fans favourite , like Si Ferry , even if you dont play in every Town game. All the best mate !
PAUL : You will be a fans favourite , like Si Ferry , even if you dont play in every Town game. All the best mate ! umpcah
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9:00am Sat 29 Sep 12

akershaker says...

Benson should be one of the first names on the teamsheet, in my opinion. Collins looks a good player and will only get better - but Benson brings much more to the team at the moment: strength on the ball, shape to the attack, fantastic positional play, opens up the play, clinical. He is not flashy, but that's not his game - he won't run past 3 defenders or score from 30yards - but his professionalism is outstanding and, quietly, he does a fantastic job for us!
Benson should be one of the first names on the teamsheet, in my opinion. Collins looks a good player and will only get better - but Benson brings much more to the team at the moment: strength on the ball, shape to the attack, fantastic positional play, opens up the play, clinical. He is not flashy, but that's not his game - he won't run past 3 defenders or score from 30yards - but his professionalism is outstanding and, quietly, he does a fantastic job for us! akershaker
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9:43am Sat 29 Sep 12

NEWBURYREDS says...

Leaving notts at midday we traveled to Stoke scored 4 then went last week scored 4.I wont be greedy 1-0 will do me fine please lads COYR
Leaving notts at midday we traveled to Stoke scored 4 then went last week scored 4.I wont be greedy 1-0 will do me fine please lads COYR NEWBURYREDS
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10:36am Sat 29 Sep 12

the wizard says...

He will probably go down as one of our most favoured players with out standing popularity, and rightly so, but those old legs of his, well if you haven't noticed they just put him and the right place at the right time at the right speed, and long may that continue.

Top class, pure class and a total professional .
He will probably go down as one of our most favoured players with out standing popularity, and rightly so, but those old legs of his, well if you haven't noticed they just put him and the right place at the right time at the right speed, and long may that continue. Top class, pure class and a total professional . the wizard
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10:37am Sat 29 Sep 12

SAPFanSTFC says...

akershaker wrote:
Benson should be one of the first names on the teamsheet, in my opinion. Collins looks a good player and will only get better - but Benson brings much more to the team at the moment: strength on the ball, shape to the attack, fantastic positional play, opens up the play, clinical. He is not flashy, but that's not his game - he won't run past 3 defenders or score from 30yards - but his professionalism is outstanding and, quietly, he does a fantastic job for us!
Hear Hear!
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The younger players will do well to learn from this guy!...A real statesman and a quality finisher.
[quote][p][bold]akershaker[/bold] wrote: Benson should be one of the first names on the teamsheet, in my opinion. Collins looks a good player and will only get better - but Benson brings much more to the team at the moment: strength on the ball, shape to the attack, fantastic positional play, opens up the play, clinical. He is not flashy, but that's not his game - he won't run past 3 defenders or score from 30yards - but his professionalism is outstanding and, quietly, he does a fantastic job for us![/p][/quote]Hear Hear! ... The younger players will do well to learn from this guy!...A real statesman and a quality finisher. SAPFanSTFC
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11:56am Sat 29 Sep 12

Bondy54 says...

With Benson & Williams up front & Collins as back up. Its enough to frighten even the best of defences in the league. I believe all 3 will score alot of goals between them this season. COYR
With Benson & Williams up front & Collins as back up. Its enough to frighten even the best of defences in the league. I believe all 3 will score alot of goals between them this season. COYR Bondy54
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1:24pm Sat 29 Sep 12

London Red says...

Collins will get the nod today as its Shrewsbury
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Benson clearly still going to play a big role and may even be back for Colchester
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Top top professional and hope Collins and Storey learn of him of how to be a professional to last in the game
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To all the rift rumour mongers - take a note of the 2nd from last paragraph!
Collins will get the nod today as its Shrewsbury . Benson clearly still going to play a big role and may even be back for Colchester . Top top professional and hope Collins and Storey learn of him of how to be a professional to last in the game . To all the rift rumour mongers - take a note of the 2nd from last paragraph! London Red
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7:04pm Sun 30 Sep 12

Dover Red says...

Top man, not much more to say !
Top man, not much more to say ! Dover Red
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