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SWINDON TOWN: Louis sets sights on Wembley again
LOUIS Thompson is predicting third time lucky for his family at Wembley this year, as he and Swindon Town set off in search of Johnstone’s Paint Trophy glory.
The midfielder and his brother Nathan have been to the home of football with the Robins on two occasions over the course of the past four years, either as fans or as part of the travelling Town party, but have returned home empty handed each time.
In 2013/14, however, with both siblings regular members of the Swindon starting XI, Louis is foreseeing a change of luck at English football’s HQ ahead of his team’s second-round tie with Plymouth at the County Ground tonight.
“Everyone wants to play at Wembley, it’s an easier way to Wembley rather than the FA Cup and Capital One Cup,” he said.
“Wembley’s Wembley at the end of the day. You don’t say what competition you’ve played in when you’ve played at Wembley so it’s massive to get to Wembley.
“For the JPT final I went along not as part of the matchday squad but as part of the squad, the one before that Nathan travelled as well so I went to watch that.
“Both times I thought we were unlucky although the Millwall game was a little closer than Chesterfield. I think it’s third time lucky for us this year.
“There’s nothing better, it’s the biggest stage you can play on in this country. Personally I want to go there, as do the team, the management, the board - everyone wants to go to Wembley and this is our opportunity.”
The JPT is often derided as a pointless waste of time amongst some sections of the football community, but Thompson feels that it gets undue stick.
“I don’t think it’s got enough justification really,” he said of the criticism of the competition. “It’s a contest between League One and League Two but the quality will still be there, it’s still hosted at Wembley and it should still be regarded as a good competition.”
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