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SWINDON TOWN: Thompson rues lack of cutting edge
NATHAN Thompson admitted the Swindon Town squad were frustrated at not being able to take their chance to ‘stick the knife in’ during last night’s 2-0 defeat to Chelsea.
First-half goals from Fernando Torres and Ramires were enough for Jose Mourinho’s side to take victory at the County Ground, with Town only testing debutant goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer on a handful of occasions.
Thompson insisted things could have been different had Dany N’Guessan’s second-half header not been ruled out for offside, and admitted they could have done more to test the Premier League giants.
“We’ve come away and we feel we could have done a little bit more because we didn’t stick the knife in when we could have done,” he said.
“If Dany’s goal had counted then maybe it would have been a different story, but it wasn’t to be.
“It was a good test and they kept the ball well and were a good passing team, and when you keep the ball like they do it’s going to tire the other team out.
“They have some quality players and we’ve come off shattered, but it’s a great experience.
“They are confident on the ball and press in the right areas, and they go as a team and are clinical in the final third when they get a chance.
“They play every pass precise and with the right weight and they finish when they are given the chance, and they had three chances in the first-half and scored two goals. They had chances in the second-half but they had already done enough.”
Thompson was also honoured to play in front of a packed County Ground.
“It was fantastic and when I walked out and heard the roar of the crowd it was incredible and made the hairs on the back of your neck stand up,” he said.
“On Saturday against Bristol City the crowd were fantastic, and I think you saw from both games how that wills the boys on.
“Our away support has been fantastic this season, so hopefully plenty of them will travel to Preston on Saturday.”