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SWINDON TOWN: Wes delighted with play-off spot after up-and-down campaign
WES Foderingham believes securing a League One play-off place against a backdrop of chaos at the County Ground this season should be considered a “massive achievement” for Swindon Town.
The goalkeeper, who has played all bar 68 minutes of a pulsating campaign - having been hauled off midway through the first half by Paolo Di Canio at Preston in September, is better placed than most to know the intimate details of the ups and downs enjoyed and endured by Town’s first-team squad members this season.
After a term of sharp twists and turns, during which it has been hard to keep track of what exactly is going on at the County Ground, victory on Saturday at home to Stevenage guaranteed the Robins a top-six finish.
For Foderingham that is a fine return after boardroom upheaval, Football League sanctions, management spats and mass casualties threatened to derail their campaign.
“With everything that has happened this season I think we have done extremely well,” he said.
“If you’d said to me at the start of the season that we’d have got a play-off place I think I would have been reasonably happy with that.
“Then with what you’ve seen go on - with Di Canio leaving and being under embargo and finding it hard to bring in players - to find ourselves where we are now is a good achievement.
“It’s been a difficult season but we’ve come through it really well. It’s a massive achievement.
“You look at teams like MK Dons, who are good sides and have good players, and they haven’t got into the play-offs at all.
“We’ve come up from League Two as champions and we have had some money thrown at us but we’ve still done very well to get to where we have.
“I’m sure there is plenty going on at other clubs, and there are other clubs who have been in a bit of trouble, but what’s happened at Swindon has been well documented.”
Foderingham was recently nominated as the 42nd best player in the Football League by FourFourTwo magazine - an accolade he appreciates even f he does not feel it is career-defining.
“It’s always a nice bonus to be recognised in something like that,” he said. “I read that list in FourFourTwo last year and someone told me this year that I was in it, and it’s a good feeling.
“I’m not sure how it’s put together, I think it’s voted for by fans, but it’s not going to get me a new contract with the club.”
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