Oct 5 2013 by Nick Hilton, Sat WIR
HOSTS Swindon Town are worried about a bad habit that has also been afflicting today’s League One visitors Tranmere this season – conceding early goals.
Defender Nathan Thompson reckons it is a problem that could undermine Swindon’s promotion ambitions.
Mark Cooper’s side have gone 1-0 down inside the first 10 minutes of their last three league games, against Wolves, Bristol City and Preston.
Swindon came back to beat Bristol City 3-2 but lost the other two games.
Thompson can’t put his finger on why the Robins defence is being breached so early but he knows they can’t keep putting pressure on the club’s forwards to bail them out. “I couldn’t pin-point the exact reason but we know deep down (conceding early goals) is not good enough,” he said.
“In the last couple of games we’ve conceded two goals or more and that just can’t happen.
“We can’t expect the strikers or midfielders to have to score three goals to win us a game of football. It’s difficult with the way we play, we’re so attack-minded that it does leave some space at the back and if teams exploit it, it can leave us a little bit vulnerable.
“The manager said last Saturday that rather than pushing both full-backs on we’re now going to leave one in and give us a little bit of extra cover. Hopefully against Tranmere we can put things right.”
Swindon’s home record of thee wins and a draw in four games so far makes them confident.
Thompson said: “We’ve been so good at home that you come into the game expecting to win. Tranmere will come and set up like Preston did the other day and we have to be in a position where we can break them down.”