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PRESS CONFERENCE LIVE: Forest Green Rovers v Swindon Town

Good morning and welcome to Total Sport Swindon's live press conference blog as we join Swindon Town Head Coach, Ben Garner ahead of the Robins trip to League Two table-toppers Forest Green Rovers tomorrow afternoon. Join our reporter Ryan Walker from 8.20am as he brings you all the key quotes from this mornings pre-match presser.


That concludes today's press conference. Thank you for joining us. Listen to the latest episode of The Presser out on The Loathed Strangers Podcast later today to gat a full analysis of today's press conference.


Garner on EFL referee's:

"It's difficult to comment and as managers you will always be disappointed when decisions go against you. As managers we understand what a difficult job it is but we have sent a few video clips off to the governing bodies and people in control of referees because there is a couple of grey areas we've been disappointed with.

"We've been sending clips off and asking why these decisions have not been given and particularly offsides. There are a lot of grey areas on offsides, Alex Gilbert went through and lobbed the goalkeeper the other day and he was given offside when he was two-yards onside when the ball was played.

"Those decisions shouldn't be wrong. We understand it is a difficult job and we want officials to get as many right decisions as possible but we work hard to get players up to their best level and we just want officials to be at their best level as well so the outcome of games is fair and it's not the outcomes of officials that is negatively impacting results.

"We haven't had any response from the video clips we sent off and that was a couple of weeks ago so I will ask our Club Secretary to chase again. It's not criticising referees, it is just a few grey areas where want to know what the rules are. We have had throw-ins against us taking 18-yards from where the ball went out of play and these are just basic things that shouldn't be happening."


Garner on absence of Swindon players tomorrow:

"From a publics perspective it is a shame both sides are missing players. They are missing one player and we are missing five very good players. As a spectacle and a League Two game being televised live it is a shame both team's aren't at full strength. From my perspective I have no concerns because I have complete trust in the players we have here.

"We work hard on a weekly basis not just with the players in the team but also those out the team to make sure they are improving and developing. They train so well as a group so any player that comes into the team this season will be ready."


Garner on season expectations:

"If we can go to Forest Green tomorrow with five players away it will be a big statement. We have the players here to win tomorrow's game. There has been a big step up in our performance levels and we have the players to win tomorrow."


Garner on his message to Swindon players:

"The message is just to perform and play the way we can. The group have trained really well this week, we have an identity and players have an opportunity to come into the group. We will stick to that game plan and go there to win."


Garner on players taking the knee:

"I don't know why we didn't take the knee. There are some games where it is the choice of the home team. If there is the option to take the knee then we as a squad will do that. I don't know what the circumstances were at Bristol."


Garner on Harry McKirdy:

"Harry was a player we had spoke about when we came in at the club and we knew him historically from the season he had at Carlisle and the opportunity to work with him as a trial list was a big part of bringing him into the club. I think he will be a big player for us this season.

He is very humble, he knew he was at a crossroads in his career and wanted to prove what a good player is and what he can achieve. He is a great character and is very much liked, we are delighted to have him here."


Garner on Forest Green:

"They've had a really good start to the season and they are a good template for a League Two side. They are a strong side and we know we have to go there playing well. Jamille Matt is a very strong forward and has been playing well but we are going to Forest Green to win this game."


Garner on players returning from International duty:

"My understanding is JoJo Wollacott will be available for Rochdale. Anthony Grant flies out today and will miss Rochdale but every other player will be available. Grant will then be back in training and not have to isolate."


Garner on Team Selection:

"Apart from the 5 we are missing everyone else is fit. We haven't come up with a solution for goalkeeper cover. We had a short-erm loan sorted with a Championship club but we weren't allowed to do that if the player was on the bench."


Ben Garner has now joined us.


Tomorrow's visit to Stroud marks two derby trips in the space of 7 days for Swindon Town following their resounding 1-3 away victory over Bristol Rovers last weekend. Forest Green will offer a stunner test however with Rob Edwards' side firmly in control at the top of the League Two table, 4 points ahead of 2nd placed Harrogate, and 7 points up on Swindon.


Good morning and welcome to your Friday morning press conference live blog as we join Swindon Town Head Coach, Ben Garner to get his thoughts ahead of tomorrow's derby clash.


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