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SWINDON TOWN: McEveley knew suspension was coming
DEFENDER Jay McEveley knew from the moment he decided to challenge Walsall’s Craig Westcarr he was likely to miss Saturday’s trip to Oldham through suspension.
The left-back picked up his fifth booking of the season for the foul during Tuesday night’s defeat to the Saddlers meaning he will be unavailable for the trip to Boundary Park.
Having enjoyed a prolonged run in the side as one of Town’s most consistent performers over the last six weeks McEveley is especially frustrated to be missing a game, but is already looking forward to returning to the team.
“The moment I left the floor I knew I shouldn’t have done it because I only needed one more yellow card, and have been enjoying a really good run in the team which I really didn’t want to end,” he said.
“I’m sure the lads can crack on without me but it’s really frustrating and I don’t want to be missing games.
“I will be training on Saturday and will make sure I give myself a good blow in the gym to keep myself ticking over.
“When I come back it will be a clean slate and I need to make the most of that and get back in the team and carry on playing games.
“I was out for a while last season (with a knee injury) but still played 34 games, but working on it all over the summer was hard and I don’t want to be missing games for silly things like suspensions.”
McEveley also believes Town could benefit from going more direct at times, but insisted getting the ball forward quickly to the strikers doesn’t necessarily mean an aimless punt up the field.
“If you look at the situations in the games if people come and press you then the space is in behind, and if they drop off you the space is in front of you so you can play,” he said.
“It’s simple but difficult at the same time, and it’s easy to sit on the sidelines and watch and to see a game on television and know what to do, but it’s different when you’re out there.
“We learn from it and move on and I’m sure we will be fine.
“When we talk about going direct it’s not a lump forward but a pass up to the front men, and if we do that right it can get us further up the pitch to play football.
“We’ve shown at times it can work for us and maybe it’s something we have to look at.”
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