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SWINDON TOWN: Victory was never in doubt for Collins
TEN MEN or not, James Collins felt MK Dons were never in with a chance of beating Swindon Town on Saturday.
Collins, who scored the only goal of Swindon’s 1-0 win, thought the hosts dominated proceedings at the County Ground , where only a series of good saves from Dons keeper David Martin kept the visitors in the game.
Dean Lewington’s dismissal on 40 minutes could be partly blamed for the away side’s inability to fashion an equaliser, but Collins insisted Town were as much in control against 11 men as they were against 10.
“They went down to 10 men against Bournemouth in the week and got a late equaliser, so we just needed to make sure it didn’t happen to us and, if we’re all being honest, everyone knew they didn’t really deserve to get anything because we were the better side from start to finish.
“Three points were well deserved.”
The MK Dons management were unhappy with referee David Phillips’ decision to hand Lewington his marching orders for an alleged elbow on Simon Ferry.
But, having heard Ferry’s account of the incident, Collins backed the official.
He said: “I didn’t really see too much of it, I had my back to it and I turned around with the crowd’s reaction and apparently he’s given an elbow. I’m not quite sure what went on.
“Si’s an honest lad and he said he caught him in the head so he must have raised an elbow somewhere.”
A trip to Stoke awaits in the second round of the Capital One Cup on Tuesday, and Swindon will be going to the Britannia Stadium in a hugely positive state of mind – if Collins is to be believed.
“It will be a great game to play in, a Premiership side and we’re looking forward to testing ourselves against a team like Stoke who are in the top half of the Premiership,” he said.
“We’re going there full of confidence and we’ll see how it goes.”