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SWINDON TOWN: Byrne & Co exceeding expectations
NATHAN Byrne believes he and his Swindon teammates have proved sections of the Town support wrong with their impressive start to the season.
Town sit eighth in League One after 13 games of a season in which many fans weren’t expecting a promotion challenge due to the high turnover of players during an eventful summer.
Although Mark Cooper’s side lost 3-1 at home to Walsall on Tuesday night they have given every indication they will be in the mix for a place in the play-offs come the final third of the season, and while Byrne accepts there are always going to be blips, the versatile player is hopeful of continuing their push at Oldham tomorrow.
“At the start fans maybe thought there wasn’t much experience in the side and they were worried about the season, but we have a lot of great footballers here,” he said.
“We’re trying to play the right way by playing entertaining football but we need to keep our heads down because we’re trying to strive for something big.
“You try your best to perform well in every game but it’s unrealistic to think you are going to do it for the whole season as there’s always a blip.
“All of the boys have forgotten about it now and we’re looking forward to being able to put it right. We learnt a lesson and all we can do now is look forward.
“We’ve been counting down the days until the next game because we were so disappointed after the Walsall game and the manager didn’t need to save anything.
“We can’t wait until Saturday and we’re going in there 100 per cent confident in the way we play and we know we’re confident in the way we play.”
Byrne has played both in defence and midfield for Town this season, as well as combining the two to play as an attacking wing-back, and the 21-year-old is happy to fill any of those positions to help the team win.
“The manager knows I’m an attacking player even when I’m at full-back, and we’ve moved the formation around to try and get me, Nathan Thompson and Jack Barthram out a bit more because we are attacking players.
“That has worked really well for us and I’m happy in midfield or defence, wherever the manager wants to put me.
“At the other clubs I went to I went as a full-back and ended up wide on midfield and played there in tournaments with Tottenham, so I’m used to it.”
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