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Tighten up and we'll be flying - Hall
GRANT Hall firmly believes tightening up at the back is the key for Swindon Town as they bid to force their way back into the League One play-off places.
Town have conceded five times in their last two games, both of which resulted in defeats, but before that kept three straight clean sheets in the league which helped them rocket into the top six.
Hall believes it’s the job of the whole team, not just the defence, to tighten up at the back ahead of today’s game with Port Vale, and if they can do that the defender knows his side are onto a winner given the potency of their forward line.
“We’re positive we can get a result even though it’s been a tough couple of games for us and we want to bounce back and get the result this week,” he said.
“That’s the right word, inconsistent, and we just need to find the right level of consistency now.
“Before the last two games we kept three clean sheets in a row (in the league) which is very pleasing for a defender. Conceding goals happens in football but we need to sort some things out on the training ground.
“When we’re not playing well we need to find different ways to win the game because we can’t play well every week, so when we’re not playing well then sometimes we need to grind out a 1-0 win and stop conceding the goal.
“We are a young team and there is some inexperience in the squad but as a team we need to keep clean sheets. not just the defence, we need to keep it tight as a team.
“Teams will have chances in every game, that happens, but it is down to a bit of luck as well. Conceding goals is the worst thing in the world for a defender but if we keep clean sheets we will win games because we are always going to score goals.”
Hall is disappointed suspended midfielder Yaser Kasim is unavailable this weekend but is pleased to see Jay McEveley available again after serving his one-match ban.
“Yas has been a good player for us and can play that holding role really well, and not many people can play it like him, so it will be a shame he can’t play,” he said.
“We do have a good enough squad to cover for him so it’s not really a problem.
“He gives us a bit of protection because he is defensive minded and you can play him the ball and he will keep it in the right areas.
“Jay’s an experienced player and maybe we missed him a bit but we got the three clean sheets when he was playing so it will be good to have him back.”
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