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SWINDON TOWN: Barthram is hopeful of a start
JACK Barthram is hopeful he’s done enough to keep his place in the Swindon Town side for this weekend’s clash with Port Vale - but won’t be losing any sleep if he’s replaced.
After making his debut in the Capital One Cup victory over Torquay in August, Barthram had to bide his time before making his league debut at Preston nearly two months later, but has since featured in Town’s last three games.
The former Tottenham youngster made his first League One start against Oldham at the weekend and coped well against a direct side, but with Jay McEveley back from a one match ban the Scottish international is likely to reclaim his place for Saturday’s home game with Port Vale.
Even if that does happen Barthram will not allow manager Mark Cooper’s decision to get him down but the 20-year-old still remains hopeful of extending his run in the side.
“It’s been good to be in the team and I think I’ve made five or six appearances now so I just want to carry on and play as many games as I can,” he said.
“I think I’ve grown into it since I played more but maybe I was a little bit nervous at the start.
“I could maybe have done more against Oldham but it was a bit of a scrappy game but in the Plymouth match I think you say what I can really do.
“I like attacking because that’s the best bit of the game.
“Hopefully I’ve done enough to stay in but Jay is a senior head so maybe he will get the nod to go in ahead of me.
“If he does I will keep my head down and train hard and maybe get on as a sub, and if not we will see if I can play next week.”
Like many of the Town squad, Barthram has not faced Vale in his short career to date but is expecting a physical encounter if selected to play on Saturday.
“I’ve never come up against them before but I’ve heard a bit about them and they’re very direct and they like to get crosses in,” he said.
“They play off the front man and go for the second balls so we will have to watch out for that.
“We don’t worry about the opponents and we concentrate on ourselves and how we’re going to play, and that’s important.”
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