Gary on recent results and Swindon Town ahead of Saturday’s clash.
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- “Swindon’s league position not a true reflection on how good they can be.” – Caldwell.
GARY CALDWELL ON RETURNING TO THE DW AFTER BACK-TO-BACK AWAY GAMES
“It’s great to be coming back to the DW Stadium with the results we’ve had recently, and more so the performance levels.
“We’ve had a very good start at home and I think everyone has been happy with it. The fans have come down and seen some good football and a lot of goals recently, and we’re looking to continue that run on Saturday.
“The season on the whole is going well so far and there has been significant progress. We knew at the start of the season it wouldn’t be easy because of the new group, it was always going to take time to settle and to get our style of play across to the players and for them to believe in it and carry it out.
“The recent run of games has shown how good a team we can be, but I think there’s a lot of improvement still to come. The players are working very hard to try and get that, and I’m looking forward to working with them because they’re an excellent group.
“Their application from day one has been outstanding, and if you’ve got that you can go a long way and keep improving until the end of the season.”
GARY ON SWINDON TOWN
“A chairman taking charge of the first team doesn’t happen very often in football, but Lee (Power) is obviously someone who knows football.
“His team play a very expansive game, they play some excellent football and I think their league position doesn’t give a true reflection on how good a team they can be on their day.
“They’re going to be a team who’ll cause us a lot of problems and we have to be ready for another massive game.
“If we’re not ready then we’ll struggle because they are a very good football team.”
GARY ON TEAM SELECTION
“It’s been difficult to pick the team recently and that is a good thing for me. For my job to be difficult in that respect means the players are playing well and training well.
“It’s not just hard to pick and XI, but it’s also hard to pick an 18 or a 20-man travelling squad because we’ve got so much quality at the club. That’s a very good thing for the club moving forward.
“The last three I felt that everyone deserved their place because they were winning games and looked strong.
“On the Tuesday against Peterborough they finished the game strongly, but I did deliberate a lot going into Bradford whether to change it.
“I had players that could change it, but I felt when they were winning I had to give them the opportunity to keep winning. We probably did look a little bit flat at Bradford, mentally more than physically, our decision making in the final third wasn’t the same as it had been, but we still had the character within the group to get a massive point at a very difficult stadium to play at.
“All-in-all it was a great week and now we need to really build on that. We’ve put ourselves in a good position, but it’s not where we want to be, we still want to progress and move up the league.”
GARY ON INJURY NEWS
“Everyone has been great this week, they’ve been working hard and they’ve been very competitive in training.
“We haven’t had any problems this week, and other than Kevin McNaughton’s long term injury we’ve got a fully fit squad.
“Kevin’s progressing well and he’ll start jogging again on the grass soon, but it won’t be until the New Year that he returns for us.
“He’s kept his head up during a tough period, but he’s got that character within him and he’s a top class professional.”