Thompson: ‘It doesn’t matter where we’re all from’

Town's Louis Thompson

Town's Louis Thompson

First published in STFC News Swindon Advertiser: Photograph of the Author by , Deputy sports editor, awarren@swindonadvertiser.co.uk, @AndyWarren_

LOUIS Thompson doesn’t believe the rest of the Town squad need any encouragement from either brother Nathan or himself in the lead up to the derby clash with Bristol City tomorrow.

Swindon go to Ashton Gate to face a side who have much improved in recent weeks and are likely to be cheered on by a vocal home crowd, while Town have only won once in 11.

As the two home-grown players in the squad the Thompsons know better than most how much this derby means to the club and its fans but Louis believes his teammates are also well aware.

“Regardless of our run it’s a big game, whether we are top or bottom we want to win,” he said.

“We did them here and they will be looking for revenge and they’re fans will be gunning for us but we’re up for it and we want to win.

“The boys are professional enough to know how important this game is and no matter where they’re from this game is a local derby for the club.

“They’ll feel the passion and I don’t think me or Nathan will need to get them up for it any more, they’ll do that themselves.

“On the day you may need to get into one or two but in training at the moment everyone’s bang on it and giving their best.”

Thompson knows he and his teammates are going to be in for a thorough examination at Ashton Gate but insisted they are all fully prepared.

“We know what to be aware of having played each team once before and we know Bristol City are on a good run, fighting for survival, so for us we need to go and play our own game and at our own tempo,” he said.

“Like we did here we need to keep our heads up if we go one behind because we are a team which can come back and win games.

“Personally I think trying to slow down their possession of the ball is important because they can counter-attack, and we have flair players who can score goals.”

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10:51am Fri 14 Mar 14

LeGod says...

A local Derby lets hope all the squad and the manager have some passion,commitment and desire tomorrow. We need to get our game back on track as we have been putting in real poor performances lately. I feel City will play at a high tempo right from the start and would have learnt alot from our lack lustre defending against Wolves so our players need to be right on the money from the first second as they are going to attack our back four and put us under pressure straight away.
I hope MC has the bottle to change the central pairing at the back and play Troy and Stephens we need a bit of pace and apprently the new lad has it and Troy has been a breath of fresh air since he came in.
This is local pride at stake here but not only that we need to stop the rot.
Mr Cooper prove us all wrong as we are getting restless get these players motivated and tactically please get it right with your decsions.
A local Derby lets hope all the squad and the manager have some passion,commitment and desire tomorrow. We need to get our game back on track as we have been putting in real poor performances lately. I feel City will play at a high tempo right from the start and would have learnt alot from our lack lustre defending against Wolves so our players need to be right on the money from the first second as they are going to attack our back four and put us under pressure straight away. I hope MC has the bottle to change the central pairing at the back and play Troy and Stephens we need a bit of pace and apprently the new lad has it and Troy has been a breath of fresh air since he came in. This is local pride at stake here but not only that we need to stop the rot. Mr Cooper prove us all wrong as we are getting restless get these players motivated and tactically please get it right with your decsions. LeGod
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12:43pm Fri 14 Mar 14

Swindon1984 says...

LeGod wrote:
A local Derby lets hope all the squad and the manager have some passion,commitment and desire tomorrow. We need to get our game back on track as we have been putting in real poor performances lately. I feel City will play at a high tempo right from the start and would have learnt alot from our lack lustre defending against Wolves so our players need to be right on the money from the first second as they are going to attack our back four and put us under pressure straight away. I hope MC has the bottle to change the central pairing at the back and play Troy and Stephens we need a bit of pace and apprently the new lad has it and Troy has been a breath of fresh air since he came in. This is local pride at stake here but not only that we need to stop the rot. Mr Cooper prove us all wrong as we are getting restless get these players motivated and tactically please get it right with your decsions.
Agreed, anything less than 100% effort and commitment is unacceptable at any time but especially in a local derby. Hopefully a good result and it'll steady the ship and give us a decent end to the season.

Do not want to getting that train back from temple meads tomorrow evening still smarting from defeat. Having said that it's a short trip, can be be back up the beehive to numb the pain (or celebrate!) in an hour so could be far worse! COYR.
[quote][p][bold]LeGod[/bold] wrote: A local Derby lets hope all the squad and the manager have some passion,commitment and desire tomorrow. We need to get our game back on track as we have been putting in real poor performances lately. I feel City will play at a high tempo right from the start and would have learnt alot from our lack lustre defending against Wolves so our players need to be right on the money from the first second as they are going to attack our back four and put us under pressure straight away. I hope MC has the bottle to change the central pairing at the back and play Troy and Stephens we need a bit of pace and apprently the new lad has it and Troy has been a breath of fresh air since he came in. This is local pride at stake here but not only that we need to stop the rot. Mr Cooper prove us all wrong as we are getting restless get these players motivated and tactically please get it right with your decsions.[/p][/quote]Agreed, anything less than 100% effort and commitment is unacceptable at any time but especially in a local derby. Hopefully a good result and it'll steady the ship and give us a decent end to the season. Do not want to getting that train back from temple meads tomorrow evening still smarting from defeat. Having said that it's a short trip, can be be back up the beehive to numb the pain (or celebrate!) in an hour so could be far worse! COYR. Swindon1984
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