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PRESS CONFERENCE LIVE: Stevenage v Swindon Town

Good morning and welcome to Total Sport Swindon's press conference live blog as we speak to Swindon Town Head Coach, Ben Garner, ahead of the Robins trip to Stevenage tomorrow afternoon in the latest round of League Two fixtures. Join Total Sport Swindon's Ryan Walker from 8.30am as he brings you the latest updates from the County Ground.


That concludes today's press conference. A full write-up will follow later today along with the latest episode of 'The Presser' on The Loathed Strangers Podcast. Thanks for joining us.


Garner on Stevenage:

"They've tailed off a little bit in terms of results but not in performances. I watched them against Wycombe in the cup and they were very very good. We know the threats they pose and they are a big threat off set-pieces so we have done alot of preparation around that.

They have good players, are versatile and have a good threat with their pace. They are a really good team, currently in the top 10 and have the players there to stay there this season and continue to push up. It will be a challenge but one we are looking forward to."


Garner on managing characters:

"I don't think it will be too hard to manage characters in this squad because it is such a good group and everyone has bought into the idea and that we are a collective.

Against Stevenage we have players who will start the game and players who will come on to finish the game and they are just as important. The players who don't get on the pitch play a key part in terms of training and preparing the starting team. Everyone in our squad is really valued, and each player is given special attention in terms of their development. That's the culture we want to build here."


Garner on getting the best out of players:

"There has been very good progress and improvements, and the way we are training is probably new for a lot fo the players. There has been a lot higher loading than what they are used to and that takes a bit of time. We want to develop robust, resilient players and we are really happy with the injury record. We want to keep improving players all the time in all aspects of the game, we do alot of team and individual work.

It has been a really pleasing two weeks since our last Tuesday game."


Garner on forwards at club:

"We want that unpredictability about us and what Tyreece Simpson brings is different to what Jayden Mitchell-Lawson brings. We are confident that once we have time to work with players and get everyone up to full fitness, we fell we have really good attacking options and can cause problems for anyone in this league."


Garner on strikers at club:

"We've got strikers and for me forward players are forward players. All of our forwards are able to play whether that be off the side or through the middle. We have different threats and versatility in the squad and we are really happy with what we have. I don't see us bringing in any free agent unless we have a serious injury."


Garner on youth players leaving on loan:

"We have had to re-assess that a little bit with the international call-ups we have had. There were one or two we were keen to get out and get some experience but we have to be careful about leaving ourselves light if players do go out on international duty."


Garner on departures:

"We received no bids for any of our players and have had no approaches since I have been here."


Garner on Gilbert:

"He can play as an out-and-out forward and anywhere in that final third he is a threat and he is a very strong addition to this squad. The deal had been going on a few weeks, we knew him from his time at West Brom and now he has come to us on-loan.

I didn't know him too well when I was at West Brom but he has been close to being in Brentford's Premier League team and we have seen lot of him and we feel we have brought in a very good player who fits into our group."


Garner on injuries:

"Jordan Lyden and Mathieu Baudry joined in with the group for the first time yesterday and they have done really well with their rehab. it was nice to get them back in and they had a nice round of applause from the lads when they came in."


Garner on Kaine Kesler-Hayden:

"He trained with us early part of the week and now he plays with England U21 on Monday. He will be back in for the Port Vale game. We gave it some thought to consider postponing the game with three players on International duty but I have full confidence in our players that we have here."


Garner on Grant absence:

"We've brought a number of young players in who want to fight and it is a positive we have that versatility. We are waiting for confirmation on how long Anthony will be unavailable for with the need to quarantine. He will be out for Saturday and out for Tuesday.

He started against Mexico last night and played 87 minutes but his call-up came after Saturday's victory over Mansfield."


Good morning and welcome to today's press conference live blog as we speak to Swindon Town Head Coach Ben garner ahead of his sides trip to Stevenage tomorrow.


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