Kasim accepts Town struggled under mid-season expectation

Yaser Kasim

Yaser Kasim

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YASER Kasim thinks Swindon Town can play with freedom for the remaining eight games of the season, after admitting that he and his teammates did not deal well with the pressure of a play-off push.

Town sit seven points off the top six after their 1-0 victory over Preston North End on Saturday, a win which pushed them over the 50-point mark which usually guarantees League One safety.

Having sat in the play-off positions until just before Christmas, midtable mediocrity has been hard to stomach for some fans and Kasim accepted that Swindon struggled under the weight of expectation their excellent first half of the term created.

However, the Iraqi is confident the Robins squad will learn from their experiences this season and use those lessons to maximum effect in 2014/15.

“I think we can play with a bit of freedom,” he told the Advertiser. “It’s funny because when you come into football you want to play freely and have fun and stuff but the pressure somehow just builds up.

“We’ve got to keep fresh throughout the season. When we were fighting for the play-offs maybe we didn’t do that for a little bit and it got too much on us.

“Now the pressure is not necessarily on us and we can just play a bit, have fun and know if we do well we can do that while the pressure is on us as well.

“We started well, played some good football and suddenly we get pegged back a bit and people around you start doubting a bit. The you don’t know what to do.

“Personally, next season I know what to do.”

Town go in search of their first away win in four attempts at Tranmere Rovers tonight. With the Prenton Park club struggling towards the bottom of the table, Kasim suggested Town might have to tweak the way they play to secure all three points.

He said: “It depends what the management look at and think we can change or what strengths Tranmere have. Maybe we might have to change the formation a little bit, which we did (on Saturday) from last week. It depends how they operate and how we can utilise own abilities against them.”

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7:33am Tue 25 Mar 14

old town robin says...

I don't think the 3 month dip from end of December to beginning of March was just down to pressure, although it probably played it's part especially at home where vital points were dropped against mediocre teams. The expectation of getting to Wembley and then missing out would also have effected them. But for me there were several other contributing factors The bad weather made the pitches heavy and at times hardly playable for our style of game. We lost key players up front with Ajose and Ranger plus him going AWOL and the worry of his trial.

Suspensions and injuries meant we were always struggling to field our strongest team and possibly because of that players were played out of position and we hardly knew from one week to another what format we would play next. Add to that the unexplainable reason why we took so long to sort our away form out and sub-standard performances in defence and it's not too difficult to see why we struggled through the worst part of Winter which as I remember many on the forum predicted we would, so not entirely unexpected.

Always good to have a post mortem as to where we went wrong as long as we learn from it.
I don't think the 3 month dip from end of December to beginning of March was just down to pressure, although it probably played it's part especially at home where vital points were dropped against mediocre teams. The expectation of getting to Wembley and then missing out would also have effected them. But for me there were several other contributing factors The bad weather made the pitches heavy and at times hardly playable for our style of game. We lost key players up front with Ajose and Ranger plus him going AWOL and the worry of his trial. Suspensions and injuries meant we were always struggling to field our strongest team and possibly because of that players were played out of position and we hardly knew from one week to another what format we would play next. Add to that the unexplainable reason why we took so long to sort our away form out and sub-standard performances in defence and it's not too difficult to see why we struggled through the worst part of Winter which as I remember many on the forum predicted we would, so not entirely unexpected. Always good to have a post mortem as to where we went wrong as long as we learn from it. old town robin
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7:51am Tue 25 Mar 14

LionelHutz says...

If we win tonight and Peterborough lose at Preston, we could be only 4 points off the play offs. Most would have settled for this situation at the beginning of the season.
If we win tonight and Peterborough lose at Preston, we could be only 4 points off the play offs. Most would have settled for this situation at the beginning of the season. LionelHutz
  • Score: 8

10:49am Tue 25 Mar 14

hertz says...

. If the brilliant tactician of Saturday had screwed his loaf through the wet season we could easily be in a playoff position now
. If the brilliant tactician of Saturday had screwed his loaf through the wet season we could easily be in a playoff position now hertz
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9:34pm Tue 25 Mar 14

Oi Den! says...

hertz wrote:
. If the brilliant tactician of Saturday had screwed his loaf through the wet season we could easily be in a playoff position now
Or if he'd had a decent centre half to call on...
[quote][p][bold]hertz[/bold] wrote: . If the brilliant tactician of Saturday had screwed his loaf through the wet season we could easily be in a playoff position now[/p][/quote]Or if he'd had a decent centre half to call on... Oi Den!
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