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SWINDON TOWN: Williams keen to change it up away from home
SWINDON Town need to become less predictable if they are to get the results they crave away from home, according to first-team coach Luke Williams.
The Robins’ record on the road is less than desirable, with four league defeats and a draw contributing just a single point to their League One tally so far this term.
With Town’s dynamic, passing style quickly becoming common knowledge amongst the rest of the division, opposing sides have been quick to alter their own formations to counteract Swindon’s potentially devastating midfield.
Williams and manager Mark Cooper have been devising ways to combat the situation, and the former now wants the Robins to become a “team who has an answer for everything”.
Ahead of the trip to south Yorkshire this weekend, Williams told the Advertiser: “We’ve had a look at Rotherham. A few teams now are changing and it can be frustrating because we look at them and we watch them play three games and they play pretty much the same in all three games, then we turn up and they play differently.
“It’s a compliment but it’s difficult. We have to try to reinvent ourselves so we keep our opposition guessing and up until now that’s probably where we’ve struggled a little bit.
“We’ve possibly been a little too predictable at times for teams to stop us but we’ve been thinking at all times of new ways and the players are on board with that.
“The idea is to become a team who has an answer for everything.
“We don’t want to be behind in games, we want to be in control and not chasing games, but if that happens and it can happen we need to be able to have a reaction.”
Swindon will be without a whole host of first-team squad members for the clash, including Ryan Mason, Ryan Harley, Tijane Reis, Alex Smith, Troy Archibald-Henville, Mark Francis and Alex Ferguson.
Of Mason and Harley, Williams said the club’s priority is not to rush the midfielders back to match action, thereby risking their availability for the remainder of the season.
“It’s been difficult because we think we’ve got them back and then they’re not quite there,” he said.
“Every footballer will tell you the same thing, that can happen - it’s a frustrating time for a footballer.
“But we also know the danger of rushing a player back.
“Maybe you wait an extra two weeks and you get them for a whole season, or you rush them back and maybe lose them for the season.
“We’re desperate for both players to be back because they’re so talented but again we’ve got a responsibility that we don’t rush it.”
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