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SWINDON TOWN: Casting emotions aside is key for Kasim
LEAVING emotion at the door is a key part of winning a local derby, according to Swindon Town’s Yaser Kasim.
The Iraqi has been the Robins’ Mr Cool in the middle of the park so far this term, his performances attracting rave reviews from manager Mark Cooper, pundits and fans alike.
Now the terrace cult hero has explained how he thinks today’s clash with Bristol City should be played, as Town look to protect their unbeaten home record this term and extend City’s winless run in the league to 17 matches.
“In derbies it tends to get a little bit more emotional. I play my game so I don’t think it will affect me too much but it might affect someone else,” he said.
“We have good players. As long as we don’t get too emotional it will be fine. If you get too emotional you tend to want to do things a little bit too rushed or go forward a little bit too quick and then you make a little mistake here and there and that’s not good.
“We’ve got a responsibility to help each other play better.
“Bit by bit we’re starting to learn how to help each other and the more bonds we form the better this team is going to be.
“I try not to get too emotionally involved. It’s good when the crowd gets involved, especially against Wolves when the crowd were very helpful, but it’s all in the back of your mind.
“It does help you but you try not to think about it. As long as you use it in a positive way then it’s a good thing.
“When it gets too emotional and there’s a tackle here and a tackle there and you’re getting carded, that doesn’t help.”
Should Town fall behind this afternoon, Kasim wants to see a more constructive approach to finding an equaliser after what he felt was a chaotic display at Wolves last weekend.
“It’s a football game and anything can happen but if we play the way we play we should definitely go out to win,” he said.
“If we do the right things properly, like we’ve worked on, and take away the positives from Saturday but also see the mistakes we’ve made and correct them, we should do well against them.
“We got unlucky with the first goal but then the team wanted to get the goal quite quickly and tried to do a little bit too much. Instead of keeping playing we wanted to go for it and missed a chance a two and they hit us on the counter.
“If we’d stayed solid a bit more I think we would have won the game. When we go a goal down we have to be a bit calmer, knowing we can get back into the game, and we will score.
“Then it doesn’t become going all-out attack. Then they have to throw men forward and we can counter.”
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