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PRESS CONFERENCE LIVE: Walsall v Swindon Town

Good morning and thank you for joining us for this mornings FA Cup press conference live blog as we speak to Swindon Town Head Coach Ben Garner ahead of Swindon's trip to Walsall in the Second Round of the FA Cup. Join Total Sport Swindon's Ryan Walker from 8.30am as he puts your questions to the Swindon Town boss.


That concludes today's press conference. Thank you for joining us.


Garner on Charlie Wyke cardiac arrest and CPR:

"First of all to Leam Richardson [Wigan manager]. Football is football but there is no comparison to saving someone's life. I am sure Charlie Wyke and his family are very grateful of that and the football world is as well. Forget football that is the most important thing.

"We haven't done any training in-house as a club but I have done it and a lot of the staff have. The medical staff, the sports science staff, and if not all the coaching staff have because you have to do your first-aid through the FA.

"Firstly we hope we never have any situations like that but in a worst worst case situation we would do our very best to deal with it and we would be able to do that. We always have the medical equipment on the side of the training pitch in case of those situations. Let's hope Charlie Wyke makes a full recovery and pray we don't see many more of these instances.

"It would need further investigation from medical experts on that [increase in footballers suffering cardiac arrest]. I don't know why it is happening but let's hope as a sport we can eradicate it completely."


Garner on possible re-calls for loan players:

"No there hasn't been as yet [any contact from parent clubs]. All of our loan players have played a good number of games here and they are improving. We aren't going to take players on loan where they don't make the squad or sit on the bench every week. We take players on loan because we think they can help us and also because we can help them develop.

"We want to build a reputation that if clubs trust us with their players then we will do the right thing with them and we will develop them. If we take a player on loan from a Premier League club and don't deliver on that promise then we are unlikely to get any more players from that club or other clubs.

"We want to earn that reputation that players will be developed and have a good opportunity to play league football."


Garner on Romoney Crichlow return:

"It's great to have him back and he worked hard with his rehab. It is a great experience for Rom because it is the first real injury he has suffered in his career and the positive of coming through that, understanding the process, needing that mental strength has probably been a bit of a learning curve for him.

"It took him a little while to get back up to the speed of the game on Tuesday. He showed character to score himself and I thought second half was so much better and seeing that improvement was really good. He gives us that competition for those places going into upcoming games and I think it has been a really good loan for him so far. I see massive potential for him."


Garner on getting to 3rd round of FA Cup:

"The excitement levels are good every week here and the team spirit is fantastic going into Saturday. The opportunity to get into the third round is brilliant and we need to use that as motivation but also on the process in hand and focusing purely oni Walsall. If we play well then I am confident of getting into the third round.

"It can be a motivating factor of taking on a big team in the third round but regardless of who we are playing we represent this shirt."


Garner on Iandolo and Ward contract extensions:

"He has lots of ability and can play in a range of positions for us. He is a top character and is great around the group. We have put in a training plan here that has helped manage his injuries and I think he can be a key part of what we are trying to build here.

"Lewis Ward has been part of what we are trying to build here and he has the attitude of a top professional. He has really improved since I walked in the door and that is a testament to his work ethic and his craft. We are obviously trying to build for the future.

"Ben Chorley is working really hard in the background and we would like to look at extending more contracts. We are still restricted with the embargo restrictions."


Garner on injuries:

"Ben Gladwin trained yesterday and should be available for Saturday. Kaine Kesler-Hayden has been sore with his knee this week but should be available."


Garner on refereeing v Harrogate:

"We've sent some clips off and after watching it we should have had 5 penalties. If we had VAR then we would have had 5 penalties. We can send clips off and hope that things improve. I got booked on Tuesday night for using foul and abusive language but that has now been downgraded after the fourth official admitted I didn't use abusive language. No player should suffer the contact Kaine Kesler-Hayden had to on Saturday."


Garner on away support:

"It has been a real group effort and every fan I have spoke to is so positive and everyone has made this huge contribution to turn around the club but it is important for us not to get ahead of ourselves. I heard a few boos on Saturday v Harrogate that I didn't understand and it's about getting behind the players. The impact of the crowd in those closing stages is fantastic and long may it continue.

"I understand the frustration and every fan is entitled to their opinion but the positive fans have real value in getting behind us and if we don't play well then it is not a lack of effort or a lack of trying but on the whole everything has been absolutely fantastic but we need to understand where we have come from in a short piece of time."


Garner on FA Cup v Walsall:

"Walsall are a good team. They had a slow start to the season but have picked up since then. It's fantastic that we have over 2000 away fans going and it is going to be an incredible atmosphere. The aim for us is to get to the third round. In this league, anyone can beat you and Walsall have experienced players with a good structure to their team. They pose a good threat on the counter-attack and our concentration and organisation levels have to be really good."


Garner on teenage debuts v Colchester:

"I thought the young lads did really well and their character was spot on but they also showed quality. It is about trying to move things forward and if young players here are good enough then they will go into the team and get opportunities to play. It's down to players to prove they are ready to get that opportunity and if they get to train with us then it is about them coming here to show themselves."


Garner on Papa John's Trophy exit:

"It's disappointing to not progress and it has been very useful to us to give minutes to certain players and bleeding through some youngsters. For some of our young players, it has been invaluable and I think Tuesday night we just didn't start well enough. We were much the better team in the second-half.

"We have done what we felt is right in each game in this competition and didn't intend on making many changes because a lot of those playing needed 90 minutes."


Ben Garner has now joined us and we are ready to go.


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Good morning and thank you for joining us for today's FA Cup press conference ahead of Swindon Town's second round trip to Walsall tomorrow.


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