DESPITE their excellent start to the new League One season, Swindon Town’s players remain a little disappointed by their current position.
That’s according to wing-back Nathan Byrne, one of the top performers for the Robins thus far in 2014/15. Byrne thinks that, although Town sit seventh in the embryonic league table and have been playing an attractive brand of football, they could have returned a bigger points haul from the games they have played.
And he told Link Sport that that is a common thought throughout the Swindon dressing room.
“I think it’s mixed, really. If you said we’d be here at this time of the season I think the boys would probably have taken it but knowing the games we have played, the results we’ve got and what we think we should have got out of those games, I think the boys are quite disappointed,” he said.
“We know there are games – Gillingham, Oldham, Crawley – where we know we should have got more out of the game than we did. I think it’s a bit of both.”
Byrne’s form can be primarily attributed to the fact he has held down the same position in each of Swindon’s games so far this term, rather than chopping and changing as the club’s utility player, as he did in 2013/14.
“It was quite tough but last season was my first full season with a club and as long as I was playing I was happy, really,” he said.
“Maybe it wasn’t the best thing for me but I was happy with last season and I think I have learnt and grown as a player from that season.
“This season I just want to push on and show everyone what I can do.”
Next up for the former Tottenham Hotspur man and his Town teammates is a clash with Sheffield United at the County Ground on Saturday – a game which Byrne feels will provide the perfect chance for Swindon’s players, manager and fans to judge exactly how far they have come.
“We know it’s going to be a very tough game. We know it’s going to be the same sort of game as we played against Bradford,” he said.
“They’ll be right at us from the start, in our faces and trying to stop us from playing like they always are. They are a very energetic side and I think it will be a real test for us. Knowing they’ll be strong contenders for the top half of the table, it will be a good test to show us where we really are.”